If nothing else, 2014 wide receiver Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) made his first varsity football start count.
In front of a national TV audience on ESPN, Harrison caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Lee’s Summit West’s 23-0 shutout victory Saturday against defending Missouri Class 5 state champion Kansas City Staley. LSW and Staley competed in an epic, four-overtime state semifinal last year that Staley won 76-70.
Harrison set the tone with an 11-yard, catch-and-run touchdown reception in the first quarter, and he was equally impressive throughout the first half. Similar performances could cause a spike in his football recruiting process. He currently has interest from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Harrison attended a one-day camp at Missouri over the summer.
“It felt really good just to do what I felt I was capable of doing,” Harrison said. “I think I’ve got the potential to play in college, but I’ve got to get faster, stronger and bigger.
“Playing on national TV gives the coaches who couldn’t make it a chance to watch you. God gave me the ability to do what I can, and I’m hoping the coaches will call about me.”
If a football scholarship isn’t in the cards, Harrison will take his talents to the baseball field. He’s a standout center fielder for the LSW baseball team, and he already has offers from Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, with additional interest from Oklahoma, Oregon, Louisville and Iowa.
Harrison, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior, is a three-sport standout. When he’s not a receiver or a center fielder, he’s a wing for the Titans basketball team. Harrison said he hopes his college future included a football and baseball career.
“That’s my focus,” Harrison said. “I just want to show everyone that I’m a leader and a role player. I put other’s best interests into play and make us all succeed. I’m not selfish; I’m all about getting the W, and I don’t like losing.”