Treon Harris is the starting quarterback of the No. 1 high school football team in the country, and orally committed to play for the No. 2 college football team in the nation.
But the naysayers still have their doubts about the 5-11, 180-pound product from Miami Booker T. Washington High School heading to Florida State University.
“I’m a quarterback,” Harris said after accepting his U.S. Army All-American game jersey at his school on Thursday. “The height don’t mean nothing. It’s all about your heart and your work ethic.
“I don’t understand why they don’t get that yet.”
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Harris, a consensus four-star recruit, was chosen as one of the nation’s top 90 players to play in the prestigious all-star game, to be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2014.
He’s the first Army All-American in the school’s history, and the third this season for Booker T. --Under Armour All-American defensive end Chad Thomas, and Semper Fi All-American defensive back Lamar Parker. Harris’ brother and former University of Miami cornerback, Brandon, was the school’s first Under Armour All-American.
“It means a lot as a coach and as a father to be able to watch your kid grow up to be in the position he’s in now,” Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris said.
Added offensive coordinator Tim Harris Jr.: “From a brother and a coach perspective, it’s just a perfect situation. We know the work he puts in and the things he does around here.”
After being out for a week with the flu and injuries to his ribs and knee this month, Booker T. will sit Treon Harris out for his final two regular season games (Thursday vs. Norland and Nov. 1 vs. Edison) and the ensuing bye week to get him up to par for a playoff run at a second consecutive state title.
Tim Harris Jr. said Treon Harris about 85 percent healthy, and could play if necessary, but resting gives some time for younger quarterbacks Malik Atkins and Jamie Taylor to get some work in, and for his veteran position players to carry the team.
If Treon Harris signs with FSU on National Signing Day, he’ll be the younger quarterback sitting behind Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston in Tallahassee next season.
Harris, who will take his official visit to FSU when the Seminoles play UM on Nov. 2, said he talks to Winston and former Booker T. teammate and Seminoles linebacker Matthew Thomas “all the time.” He’s also looking forward to getting his chance at playing quarterback while learning from Winston.
“I’m just going to up there and watch him, and pick up and learn from him, and ask him questions,” Harris said of Winston. “Whatever he [does], I’m going to try to do, but I’m going to try and do it better.”
Harris was calm and collected before his presentation, but the nerves started to kick in as he mumbled a quick acceptance speech, thanking God, his family and teammates. His teammates also took full advantage trying to joke around and make Harris laugh during a special moment they shared together in Harris’ last season at the school.
“I’m going to miss them guys and I know they’re going to miss me,” Harris said.
He also got a little glossy-eyed when thinking of the impact his father and brother have had on him.
“By them two guys coaching me, it’s been a big role in my life,” Harris said. “I just love them to death.”