Georgia has made a big addition—literally—to its 2015 class, securing the verbal commitment of 4-star tight end Jackson Harris on Thursday.
The Columbia Central (Columbia, Tennessee) star selected the Bulldogs over Alabama and Vanderbilt, according to 247 Sports' Barton Simmons:
4star TE Jackson Harris commits to Georgia http://t.co/QsLwzgBTqe— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) June 12, 2014
247Sports' composite rankings list Harris as the 223rd-best overall prospect, 10th-best tight end and eighth-best prospect out of the state of Tennessee. Although with his kind of potential, it feels like those numbers are only going to improve with time.
Although he still has another year of high school left, the 17-year-old already has the look of a SEC player. He is 6'6", 250 pounds and boasts impressive athleticism.
His size, at least for now, is his greatest attribute. He has the strength to make a smooth transition to the collegiate game as a blocker, and his height and length give him a massive catch radius that will be especially beneficial in the red zone.
Don't think for a second this is just a big, lumbering load who's just going to try to out-muscle defenders, though.
Harris displays good quickness (he runs a 4.85 40-yard dash) and hands for a player his size. While his route running needs some sharpening—not exactly a rarity for players his age—he has the look of someone who will be a productive weapon in the passing game at the next level.
He recently earned an invite to The Opening—a showcase of the nation's top prospects:
It's difficult to project a player who is still so far from stepping onto a college campus, but Harris' versatility is going to make it difficult for Mark Richt to keep him off the field for long.
While he may not make an immediate impact as a freshman, his skill set is tantalizing. He's a true in-line tight end blocker but also has the amalgam of size and athleticism to create mismatches all over the field.
It won't be long after he steps on campus before his presence is felt in the SEC.