ACC Programs Offer Top L.C. Bird Junior

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Anthony Harris has proven to be a big-time player for L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA), and college coaches have taken notice. The 6-3, 185-pound junior, an AP Group AAA first-team all-state selection at defensive back, already has been offered by three FBS programs with more likely will follow suit as the year goes on.

“He has already been offered by Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland,” Bird head coach David Bedwell said.

“Anthony didn’t play his freshman year, but he had a great year his sophomore year. He had an unbelievable junior year. He had an injury at the end of the year, so we didn’t have him for the playoffs. We were 10-0 with him and 0-1 without him. He’ll probably be one of the most highly recruited players we’ve ever had here.”

Bedwell was confident in Harris’ defensive abilities heading into this past season. Harris didn’t disappoint, hauling in six interceptions in 2009. It was the junior’s performance at quarterback that came as a pleasant surprise.

“The thing that separates Anthony is he is so good on both sides of the ball,” said Bedwell, who has coached standout players such as Jason Snelling (Bird/UVa/Atlanta Falcons) and Aaron Alexander (Henrico/Michigan State). “The defense part we knew about. The offense came out of nowhere. He took his first snap ever at quarterback on August 17th and he ended up throwing for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for about 800 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is a first-team all-state defensive back. So, he really had an impact on both sides.”

Terrific instincts and football smarts have helped Harris become a top player.

“I’d like to think its coaching (laughs), but it really is one of those deals where, if something goes wrong, Anthony has the ability to make big plays out of nothing,” Bedwell said. “It’s good when your best football player is also your hardest worker on and off the field. The athleticism is there, but his leadership, work ethic and all those other cliches come into play with him. Also, he is a player you can truly tell one thing to him on Monday and he’ll know it on Friday. You only have to tell him once.”

Where might Harris play on the next level?

“Virginia and Maryland definitely want him as a corner,” Bedwell said.

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