January 22, 2022
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Diamond in the Rough: Doryan Harris

I normally do not promote underclassmen because I do not believe in making superstars out of high school football players. I consider myself a purist when it comes to the sport of football. When I start to look an athlete, I first want to know that he is a senior. In certain cases I do make exceptions however, when I see great talent and no other publicity about the athlete. I know from experience that if the college coaches do not know about athletes early on, then it is difficult to get scholarships to these young men. So in certain cases I do make exceptions to my own rule.

U-Highs 2019 class is shaping up to be one of the best recruiting classes in recent history. University High, or as it is locally known U-High, is nestled on LSU’s beautiful campus. Last week I interviewed Donald Berniard Jr from U-High, and I feel as though he could be one of the top recruits in the 2019 class. This week I met with Doryan Harris who could be one of the top slot receivers in the same class. Doryan is 16 years old and will be starting his junior year this fall. He currently has a 3.1 GPA and says that he wants to go to college to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. Doryan caught me off guard today when he said that he wanted to play at Oregon State. He said that he is a huge fan of Brandon Cooks and as a fellow undersized receiver he models his game after. With two years of high school left, Doryan has time to still fill out. He is currently 5’8″ tall and weighs 160 lbs. With his size 1

+1 shoe, I think he still has room to grow.

Doryan has been playing football since he was 5 years old. “He was always the best player on the feild as a kid, so I encouraged him to pursue football,” said Erin Harris, Doryan’s dad, “He was just so fast in youth ball that he always played with the older kids.”

This past year, Doryan lettered both in football and basketball. As a sophomore, Doryan was 2nd team All-District  as a slot receiver. He had 520 yards receiving with 4 touchdowns, and 332 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns. Doryan also lead the team with 22 special team tackles.

Doryan works with Skyler Green, former LSU national champion and NFL wide receiver, as well as Marlon Favorite, former LSU national champion and NFL super bowl champion defensive lineman. “Doryan is very versatile on the field,” said Marlon. “He does it all. He is dedicated, a quick learner, and he brings the element of making people miss. It is a pleasure to work with Doryan; he has become a quarterback favorite,” said Marlon.

Doryan has attended camps at University of Louisiana, West Florida, University of Houston so far this summer. He has also participated in LSU’s 7 on 7 competition. Doryan has visited with Samford and Rice as well.

Doryan said,”I feel that I a am a great team player because I am always helping the younger guys learn the plays, and when my team mates need help in the classroom, they always come to me. When my team is down, I help motivate my team and pick them up so we can win on and off the field.”

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