January 29, 2012

Harris commits to Wake

After Tylor Harris and his family returned to their home in Baton Rouge, La. from a weekend trip to Winston-Salem the Episcopal defensive end committed to the Demon Deacons.

During his official visit to Wake Forest Harris spent a significant amount of time with head coach Jim Grobe and recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ray McCartney. Harris also checked out the academic scene at Wake, which he found impressive.

"It's something that was a good fit for me, and one of those opportunities I couldn't pass up," Harris said. "I'm just happy I made a good decision."

Harris was hosted by defensive back Daniel Mack.

"I really like Daniel," Harris said. "He's a real laid back guy, and he's a hard worker in the classroom and on the field. You can tell by how he plays, and how he is as a person when you hang out with him. I think that gives me really good insight into how Wake Forest athletes should be."

Harris tore his ACL the day after Thanksgiving this fall, and had reconstructive knee surgery Dec. 16. He will redshirt unless he can play 25-30 snaps a game.

"I've been walking around a little bit, and I'm actually moving pretty good, but still taking my time and make sure I'm doing everything I need to do and not to rush it too much, but to get back where I need to be," Harris said. I've got to take my time and work hard."

He recorded 70 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks six passes defended and three blocked kicks this season.

Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Harris as a two-star recruit.

"He [Grobe] can see me being a person at the school that will be a great student athlete, someone who will excel in the classroom and also produces on the football field, and that they need a d-end," Harris said.

Harris expects to contribute early as a pass-rusher, and should evolve into a more complete defensive player as he grows and develops under the tutelage of Wake's coaches.

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