Harris has connections to Florida

Florida has three tight end commits in the Class of 2014 but with Tevin Westbrook and Clay Burton set to graduate after the 2014 season the coaching staff is looking for more tight ends in the Class of 2015.

One of the prospects that Florida visited on Tuesday was 2015 tight end Jackson Harris (6-5, 240 Columbia, TN Columbia Central) who had a brief talk with one of the Gators assistant coaches.

“Coach Joker (Phillips) visited me on Tuesday,” Harris said. “It went very well. He came by in the morning and he talked to my coach and said hi to me. He told me to call him after school so I did and he was just asking me questions trying to get to know me better and see what my interest was in Florida. He told me that he just wanted to give me the eye test today and make sure of my height and weight.”

Harris plays high school ball in Tennessee but he actually has a connection to the Gainesville area from his family which gives Harris initial interest in Florida.

“I have a lot interest in Florida,” Harris said. “My dad actually did some of his doctor regency there and my brother was actually born in Gainesville so Florida is somewhere that I’m interested in a lot.”

With Harris having the connection to Florida he actually knows some things about the football program in Gainesville.

“I know that Florida is a great program and has a lot of tradition there,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the coaches and seeing their new style of offense and really just getting back down to Gainesville.”

Getting back to down to Gainesville is exactly what Harris plans to do and he plans to do that very soon.

“I will visit sometime this spring,” Harris said. “I will either visit for a junior day or for a spring practice this spring but I’m definitely planning on visiting Florida.”

When it’s time to make a decision as to where Harris will go to college he knows exactly what that college has to have.

“I’m a big academic guy so good academics,” Harris said. “I want to major in engineering so I want to find a school that has good academics.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.


  1. It might have been meaningful if the Harris you were talking about was Treon. All these 2015 prospects don’t mean anything if there isn’t an improvement on the field. If that doesn’t happen, all these coaches are history anyway and the new guys will have to start all over. I see the odds of the present staff retaining their jobs at less than 50%. Sorry, I guess some people want to know about next years prospects, I just got excited thinking it may be this year’s Harris. I don’t even bother to read about 2015 guys because I don’t see this staff being around in 2015.