Mason County’s Josh Harris has already visited Georgia and had been contacted about possible visits to North Carolina State, Illinois, Nebraska, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Ohio State.
However, the 6-1, 200-pound Harris ended his recruitment Sunday. He got an offer from Kentucky during a Junior Day visit and immediately gave his verbal commitment to the Wildcats.
“He’s the best kid I have ever coached,” said Mason coach David Buchanan Sunday after he confirmed Harris’ commitment. “Josh has great character and is a tremendous competitor. Part of what makes him a great football player is he is physical and always will be around the ball.
“His most unique attribute is that he gets to the football better, faster than any player I have coached or coached against. He is also always very physical when he gets there.”
Harris comes from a football family, too. His father, Larry, played at Western Kentucky and is Mason’s defensive coordinator. Buchanan says many consider him the best player ever to play at Paris (Ky.) High School.
He’s a versatile athlete who led Mason during its 10-2 season in 2010 with 1,126 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing and also had five touchdown catches. However, his forte is defense where Harris, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, had 107 tackles and was named as an all-state linebacker.
Buchanan noted that Harris held Rowan County’s Adam Wing, who also was at UK’s Junior Day, to only two points during a recent basketball game.
“Josh is a great defensive basketball player. Aggressive, physical, plays extremely hard. Josh's physical play and aggressiveness were big factors last season when our basketball team defeated a loaded Clark County basketball team in the region championship. He’s just that good of an athlete,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan says Harris has been timed in 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but his smart play makes him seem even faster.
“Josh has a football IQ through the roof. His ability to think, make adjustments on the field and lead is outstanding,” Buchanan said. “He is also a great receiver. Almost every pass he catches turns into a TD.
“We never play man coverage here. If he is a defensive player at Kentucky, he will have to learn how to do that, but that won’t be tough for him.”
Buchanan said different coaches liked different things about Harris.
“Some coaches like the fact that one person can never tackle him. Others like his ability to get to the ball and be physical. They all like his character, toughness, and intangibles,” Buchanan said.