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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Coach | 2022 DB Denver Harris "Has All Of The Tools"

May 1, 2020

When it comes to high school football in the United States, it doesn’t get much more competitive than 6A Division I in Texas.

North Shore High School in Houston took home the 6A Division I state title last season and 2022 cornerback Denver Harris‍ took home First Team All-District honors, making him a standout among the standouts as just a sophomore.

“He really has all of the tools to be an elite defensive back,” North Shore cornerbacks coach Theadis Reagins says. “He has the size, the speed, a lot of the things you need to be an elite defensive back.

“If you look at the film, he’s a tackler, he’s a cover guy and like I said, he has the speed and the size. It’s almost unreal that he has all of the tools.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder landed an offer from Notre Dame last month to go with offers he already had from schools like Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Oklahoma., Penn State and USC among several others.

Reagins knows elite defensive backs when he sees them, having coached elite prospects Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison during a previous stint at Lamar High School.

“The biggest thing is teaching them the fundamentals because that’s going to let their athletic ability do the rest,” Reagins says of coaching top talent.

“With Denver being such a young kid, he still has two more years of high school, he still has to work on his technique, understanding different coverages and different concepts, understanding the game more. He has a lot of room to grow in that area. He’s just physically gifted.”

Reagins also expects to see an increase of locker room leadership in the future.

“Last year in the locker room, he was a young pup,” the coach says. “He’s beginning to talk more.”

Harris doesn’t have quite as much room for growth in the classroom, where he’s already excelling at a level comparable to his play on the field.

“He has a high GPA, maybe a 3.6,” says Reagins.

Reagins spoke with Irish defensive backs coach Terry Joseph just prior to Notre Dame extending the offer, when the coach sent over Harris’ academic transcript

“That was one of the things he was most excited about,” Reagins says of Joseph. “This kid is doing just as well in the classroom as on the football field. He was more impressed with his transcript than his film.”

Harris does have plenty of time before he needs to make a decision.

“Right now, his recruitment is still open. Of course, he wants to go to a school where he can compete and do well academically, so I think that’s one intriguing thing about Notre Dame, the high academic standard.”

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