March 27, 2023

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Diamond in the Rough: Kendell Harris Jr.

Kendell Harris Jr. is a 6′ 1″ 180lbs. wide receiver from St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, LA. Kendell, a 4-star prospect with a 7.3 overall rating, returns this season to continue his reign on first-team all-district at his position, and rightfully so. Acting as a dominant blocker and pass catcher near the sideline, Kendell pressures all defenders in his wake. Kendell hopes to return to the State Championship to finish what was started and end his high school career with a ring in one hand and multiple offers in his other.

Check out Kendell’s highlights HERE.

At what age did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play this sport?

When I was younger, I was playing peewee at about 7 years old. My dad and my parain talked me into it and I’ve been playing ever since.

What’s it like winning first-team all-district?

They didn’t really make it a big thing but it was pretty big to me. I didn’t expect anything like that so it was pretty big to me.

What is the best part about playing wide receiver?

My favorite part is making catches and getting yards after the catch. Making something out of it and getting touchdowns.

What’s been the highlight of your football career?

I’d probably say the semifinal game last year against Notre Dame, that was probably my best football game I’ve ever played. I think I had over 100 receiving yards and one touchdown that game, something like that.

Is there anyone you try to emulate on the field either at the professional or collegiate level?

My favorite receiver that I’ve been watching since he was in college and when he went to the draft was DK Metcalf. I’ve been following him since he was at Ole Miss. And then we thought he was gonna go higher in the draft then he ended up being a late-round pick and I just see him now doing his thing with the Seahawks. I model my game after him.

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you as a player?

They would probably describe me as a hard-working kid that can take coaching very well. Keep moving on to the next play and not sitting on the bench pouting about it. Try to go out there and fix what I need.

What type of receiver do you think you are on the field (slot, route-runner, deep threat, aggressive, etc.)?

I’m mainly an outside guy. More physical on the perimeter, my coach told me I was our best perimeter blocker last week when we came up short against Newman.

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

Stick with their dream, high school football is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had. After a win on the road, riding back in the bus laughing and coach is right there with you.

What motivates you the most?

My family, seeing where I grew up at. I wasn’t the most unfortunate kid, my dad and my mom always kept me safe with clothes on my back. Where I grew up wasn’t the best place, any of the bad stuff I just stick to myself and do my own thing.

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