Jan 3, 2013 5:39 PM by Kyle Scott
In Sept. 2012, Lex18 Sports sat down with Madison Southern's Damien Harris. At that time, Harris was already proving that he was one of the best running backs in the state -- as a sophomore.
The Eagles running back finished the season with 160 carries for 1,911 yards (11.9 per rush) and 37 touchdowns.
Fast forward to Jan. 3 and Harris is in San Antonio, TX at the Army All-American combine. He has also been named to the 2012 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American football team.
In the press release naming the top sophomores in the country, Harris was referred to as "perhaps the top running back in this class."
At the combine, Harris weighed in at 197 pounds and participated in a number of drills that are used at NFL combines.
Here's how Harris did in Friday mornings' drills:
Pro shuttle (2 attempts): 4.2 seconds and 4.31 seconds
Vertical jump (2 attempts): 32 inches
40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds (according to a scout with Scout.com)
Bench press: 185 x 14 (personal best)
According to Harris' head coach, Jon Clark, Harris' 40-yard dash time was "definitely the fastest among his group (250 kids)." In fact, numerous scouts told Clark that Harris' time was top two among all 500 kids.
Prior to his trip to San Antonio, the sophomore from Berea, KY had scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee to name a few. Harris was also offered by Joker Phillips while he was Kentucky's head coach. However, Clark said he has not heard from Mark Stoops or anyone with the Kentucky staff about whether or not the offer stands.