“They’re my No. 1 and I’m waiting to get accepted,” Tylor Harris told The Bootleg earlier this week.
Harris, who holds BCS offers from Arkansas and Northwestern, in addition to a number of Conference USA schools, said he favors Stanford because of the school’s combination of academics and athletics.
“Just the academics,” Harris said. “The fact that you can go there and get one of the top educations in the world that’s known worldwide and you can also play world-class football for a team that is ranked, I think No. 8 or No. 9 from last week. The fact that you can get both of those worlds in the same place and still have a chance to go to the NFL, it’s amazing.”
Harris had an opportunity to see both sides of Stanford when he visited over the weekend and partook in a number of visit activities. Despite the Cardinal’s loss to the Ducks, Harris said going to the game itself was one of the highlights of his trip.
“[The highlights were] the game, seeing where I’d be at school, going to see the dorms and the players, and just really being with the team and the coaches,” Harris said.
Harris met with several members of the Cardinal coaching staff.
“First off I got to talk to Coach Anderson and we were talking about the application, helping me get in,” Harris said. “He was excited to see me there, excited I was able to see the place. I got to talk to Coach Hart, we talked a lot. I looked at the drills they did, how they play their techniques, how they run their defensive line. That was very cool to see and I could see myself playing there. Talking to Coach Hart, we got really close and really tight.
“Then I got to talk to Coach Shaw about the team. We talked about a lot of stuff; it was more of a getting to know each other situation. That was really nice, speaking to him and seeing him as a coach. Seeing him coach Saturday night, then seeing him Sunday as just a regular person that you’d probably see on the street every day.”
Harris also got to know some of his potential future Cardinal teammates.
“I got to meet a lot of the defensive line that I’d be with,” Harris said. “I also got to meet some other positions and I got really close with the other guys who committed but are in the same situation that I’m in right now, like that haven’t fully committed because they haven’t been accepted but they’re waiting to be accepted. I got really close to those guys and we’re really excited about Stanford and being there together.
“I just felt really comfortable. It felt like some people I’d love to play football with as far as a strong team and just a team that I’d want to be a part of. It was really nice.”
Harris also got to meet with several engineering professors, who helped him decide on a likely major.
“I got to sit down and talk to one of the professors that I’d be dealing with and I told him what I was interested in and he helped me narrow it down,” Harris said. “At first I was thinking of mechanical engineering as far as what I wanted to go into but he said civil engineering would be better. I sat down with the mechanical engineering professor too and we also talked about it and they said civil engineering would be best as far as what I want to do when I get there.”
With his Stanford visit now past, Harris plans to submit his Stanford application by the end of the week, and hopes to receive word on his admission in a few weeks.
“I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of essays,” Harris said of the application. “It wasn’t really hard, it was just figuring out what to put on it because the questions they ask you aren’t typical questions you’d find on applications in terms of the essays and things and you have to sit down and really think when you fill stuff out for the application.”
To get a better idea of what Harris might bring to Stanford’s 3-4 defense should he choose the Cardinal, The Bootleg asked Scout.com’s Louisiana recruiting expert Mike Coppage to provide an evaluation.
“Tylor Harris has a great body at just under 6-foot-4 and anywhere from 235 to 250 pounds,” Coppage wrote. “He has excellent strength, as demonstrated by his dominance in the shot put and discus. If Harris played at a large 4A or 5A school, I believe he'd have more offers. As it is, he plays for Episcopal, which is a small, Class 2A program that doesn't have much depth. Harris has taken almost every snap for the past two years and it's no coincidence that Episcopal went from an also-ran to an elite team during that span. Three years ago, Episcopal was a sub-.500 team, but with Harris leading the way the Knights have gone 20-3 the past two years. As mentioned above, Harris rarely comes off the field and as a result, I think some people watch his highlight tape and think he doesn't go hard every play. In reality, he's spending twice as much time on the field as most players and he plays tight end on offense for Episcopal. Hence, he's doing a lot of running and blocking on offense and expending a large amount of energy. I would like to see him come off the ball lower at defensive end, but that's easily fixable. He has above average speed and carries very little fat on his frame. I'd also like to see him develop more of a mean streak. If he starts playing with fury, then it would be something to watch.”
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