Before the start of the 2003 football season, Kenneth Harris was not even sure he would play football. He had played for Cherryville High School football the previous three years, however it was under a predominately run-oriented system.
When Richard Davis became Cherryville’s Head Coach, he told Harris that he would “throw at least ten balls per game in his direction” and to give football one more shot.
“Actually, my plan was to concentrate on basketball only,” said Harris. “Coach Davis came in and I got to know him. I still hadn’t made up my mind totally but I just went ahead and played. I knew I would miss it too much if I didn’t.”
Coach Davis now had a 6-4, 195 pound wide receiver with 4.5 speed at his disposal and he wasted no time fulfilling his word. Harris had a big first game, catching many passes to the tune of 206 yards. It was one of three games where he went over 200 yards receiving.
Despite receiving many double and even triple teams after game number one, Harris had a great season. He finished with 62 catches for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns, breaking several school receiving records.
“Kenneth is a receiver with big play potential,” said Davis. “He is more of a long ball receiver as opposed to a possession receiver, but he will get those for you to. Nobody could really stop him, even though he was really our only legitimate playmaker on offense. Teams triple-covered him, but he still managed to make his plays.”
Towards the end of the season, Coach Davis started making highlight tapes of Kenneth and sending them out to colleges. He has gotten a rousing response so far. Georgia, Virginia, NC State, UNC, and Florida all have come calling after viewing the tape.
Georgia was the first to make an official offer, which they did after seeing two Kenneth Harris catches in person.
“The Georgia [wide receiver] coach came to our playoff game,” said Davis. “Originally, he was going to Texas to see a receiver there, but after he saw Kenneth’s tape he came here. Kenneth had seven catches for 142 yards in the game. On his first catch, he caught a pass and weaved in-and-out of the defense. He went from our 30 to their 40. The second catch, he ran a hitch-and-go and jumped up over the defender to make the catch. After the second catch, the Georgia coach called back to his head coach and said...
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