Harris Ready Shine In Senior Season
One of Mississippi’s best up-and-coming defenders may not have caught your eye in 2015, but it was a breakout season for Quitman defensive back Shamorie Harris. It’s just the beginning says the confident, rising senior.
“I’ve been getting better and better. Last season was my breakout season,” Harris Told SES Mississippi.
Harris’s role likely expands next season as a senior, but he spent a lot of time playing in box in 2015 and his stats show it. He finished with 72 tackles, three pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
“I focused a lot and just played with a lot of heart. I just competed at a high level and did what my coaches asked of me for the team,” Harris told SES Mississippi.
Though many physical attributes contribute to his overall ability, it is an intangible asset that he claims is his most important to being successful. And despite just completing his junior year last season, his coaches rely on his experience.
“I’m a leader by example,” Harris said. “My teammates watch my every move. They listen to what I have to tell them. If my teammates are slacking on the field or in the classroom I get on them and tell them to pick it up.”
“I’ve been a starter since my sophomore year, my coaches depend on me to be a leader. They expect me to get on to our guys if I see them slacking. I’m a team player, I just want what’s best for me and my teammates.”
With the offseason in full swing and his senior year looming, Harris has improvement on his mind for himself and his teammates. He sees his senior year as an opportunity for him to shine, but he wants to do that for more than just himself.
“Be on the lookout for me next season, I will be making big time plays each and every Friday,” Harris said. “My senior season I look to shine for my teammates and my hometown. It’s my last ride as a high school football players. I will play 10 times harder than my last season. Me and my teammates are working harder than ever this offseason to get better. I’m the leader of our team and I just know my teammates are going to depend on me a lot. I will look more improved next season.”
As far as specific improvements Harris is looking for, they mostly deal with his coverage skills. Becoming a force in the passing game is the one area that will round out Harris’s game and make him a complete player. So he’s looking to improve on his ball skills, ability to break on the ball and his backpedal.
Where better to make improvements than at the Fortius Project combine at Petal High School in March? Harris will be in attendance, looking to get better.
“I just love to compete,” Harris said when asked what excites him most about attending Fortius.
“I just want an opportunity to continue my football career after high school.”