Only a sophomore, Harris already being courted by Division I teams
It had always been Quentin Harris’s goal to play football at the Division 1 collegiate level.
The only surprise is how quickly the Wilton resident put himself on the radar.
About to begin his sophomore year at The Taft School in Watertown, Harris has already begun to attract attention.
He made such a big impression at the Boston College Football Camp in June that by the time the camp was over, Boston College was offering him a full-ride scholarship.
Other schools in attendance, particularly Harvard, came away impressed with his speed, footwork, arm strength, accuracy and decision-making.
“It was a little surprising,” said Harris, whose only goal at the camp was to show the coaches what he could do as a quarterback and defensive back, “hoping to get on their radar for years to come.”
He wasted no time getting coaches’ attention, running a 4.65 in the 40 yards on the first day of camp. Then, he wowed the coaches in a series of passing drills, and impressed them with his poise and decision-making during a seven-on-seven competition. He was voted Team MVP by the coaches.
He was honored to have received a scholarship offer from a school like Boston College, with its strong academics and proud football tradition. The offer, however, is just a first step for Harris, who can expect more attention in coming years as he gets further exposure. He’d like to play on a team from a major conference, but is also willing to look at schools with high academic standards, be it Ivy League, Division III or non-BCS schools.
“I could have committed right there if wanted to,” he said of the B.C. offer. “I have until my senior year. I’m really trying to keep my options open and see what place fits me best. I’m definitely looking at schools’ academics.”
A talented baseball player, as well, Harris started for Taft this past spring as a freshman, and is also interested in playing baseball on the collegiate level — and is also getting noticed. This summer at a showcase on Long Island, he impressed the coaches from Duke and Stanford, who told him they would be following his career at Taft.
Harris is also getting a lot of interest, as both a football player and baseball player, from many other schools, including, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Princeton, Pomona-Pitzer, Washington & Lee, Georgetown, William & Mary, Northwestern, Amherst, and LSU.
A honors student at Taft with a 3.88 GPA, Harris hopes to go to law school or business school.
That’s if he doesn’t have the chance to play professionally — which is still his goal.
It’s also part of his pedigree. His father, Kevin, was a Blue Chip Recruit from Florida in the 1980s, and played college football at the University of Georgia during the Herschel Walker era. He was drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions.
Harris also has two first cousins playing Division I FBS college football: Evan Harris at Miami (Ohio) University and Tyrone Cornelius at the University of Miami (Fla.).
Over the years, under the tutelage of his father, Harris has developed into an explosive dual threat quarterback, and fine-tuned his footwork, mechanics and knowledge of the game. The reason Harris was able to excel in passing drills at the recent camp, despite being an underclassman, was that he had been exposed to them for years.
“My dad has definitely helped me in my decision making,” he noted.
Harris is also growing into the role. In the last two years, he has grown from 5’10 and 155 pounds to almost 6’0” and 175 pounds.
After starting at quarterback on the Taft junior varsity team last fall, and sharing QB duries on the varsity team (he started at quarterback in the championhip game) Harris hopes to take about half the snaps for the varsity team this year. Taft last year went undefeated and won the New England Prep School Class A Championship.