The duo that set state and national records in 2011 will be united in college – sort of.
Wesley Harris (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest), the 6-foot-1, 175-pound quarterback who connected with ESPN 150 receiver Robbie Rhodes on multiple occasions last year, verbally committed to Baylor on Saturday after attending a skills camp on campus. Harris will join Rhodes, who committed to the Bears on June 10.
Last season, Harris and Rhodes etched their names in the record books with outstanding performances against Fort Worth Arlington Heights on Oct. 14. When they make it to college, however, they’ll play different sides of the ball. Harris was recruited to Baylor by secondary coach Carlton Buckels as a cornerback and not as a quarterback.
“I’ve played quarterback, receiver and running back since middle school,” said Harris, who hasn’t been on the defensive side of the ball since pee wee football. “It’ll be something I have to get used to. It’s nothing I’m not comfortable with.”
Harris said he’s been lining up at both quarterback and cornerback for Southwest’s 7-on-7 football team. He plans to start at quarterback when the 2012 season starts, but he also is hoping to get some time in the secondary to help him improve his abilities.
As a quarterback, Harris threw for 2,859 yards and 37 touchdowns. He threw 21 of those touchdowns to Rhodes. Against Arlington Heights, Harris completed 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards and a state-record nine touchdowns. Rhodes, a four-star playmaker and the nation's No. 5 receiver, set state records with 394 receiving yards and tied a national record with eight touchdown receptions.
With all that Harris did on offense, he’s expected to be as much of a contributor on defense when he gets to Baylor.
“It’ll be a good learning experience for me,” Harris said. “To me, it’s just playing football and trusting your instincts. It [cornerback] is a fun position. I know I’ll have a good time playing it in college.”
Harris had an offer from Louisiana Tech and interest from TCU and Texas Tech to play on the offensive side of the ball, but he said he’s been a Baylor follower since middle school. When Rhodes committed, it was another reason for him to join the team if given an offer. Harris became the Bears’ 17th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.
“It just had the player’s atmosphere,” Harris said of Baylor. “When I worked out there the whole time, it was exciting. It seems like a great place to be; it feels like home. The coaching staff is great, and the players there are pretty cool. I knew I wanted to go there.”