As soon as Walter Harris posted his commitment to Army on social media Saturday, a Navy assistant coach contacted the Northshore (La.) quarterback.
Navy planned on visiting Harris Monday prior to his announcement. The assistant informed Harris that he still coming to see plan to him.
“There wouldn’t be much that they could say to sway my mind,” said Harris, who threw for 1,080 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 494 yards and six scores in 2016. “You can’t top a West Point education. Nothing beats a West Point degree.”
Harris is the Army’s third commit of the 2018 class and its second from Northshore High in the last four days. Cornerback Khalil Fleming, one of Harris’ best friends, committed Wednesday.
“We didn’t talk about (playing together in college) but now that the opportunity presented itself,” said Harris, who called assistant coach Mike Viti with his commitment Saturday afternoon. “Being able to do it with one of your best friends is the extra icing on the cake.”
Harris, who is 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, started researching West Point when Northshore coach Michael Bourg told his quarterback that Army was showing serious interest two months ago. Soon after, Viti offered Harris. Viti paid Harris a home visit Wednesday.
“At first, I never really heard of Army and I looked into them and I saw that they had a really good football team on the rise and then their academics are next to none along with a beautiful campus,” Harris said.
“Army told me from the get-go that they wanted me and they offered me on the spot. Navy has been kind of wishy-washy…I just talked to my parents and I was thinking to myself that there’s going to be no other institution in the country that can provide the education of West Point with a premier football team. It was just kind of a no-brainer.”
Harris enters his third season at Northshore’s starting quarterback this fall. He said, “100 percent” of Northshore’s offense is based on the read option.
“I feel the game is really slowing down for me,” Harris said. “I’m making decisions more effectively and efficiently and I’m going through my reads quicker and better.”
Harris said he will probably coordinate with Fleming their first visit to West Point soon.
“I know several people who have been up there and they said it’s probably one of the most gorgeous campus you’ve ever seen in your life,” Harris said.
2018 commits (3)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White.
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