Missouri may have had a quiet start to the Covid-19 influenced recruiting trail, but the Tigers are coming on strong and they might have had the best couple of weeks of any team in the SEC with the number and quality of players that have pledged to play in Columbia.
By Steve Wright
The latest player to commit to playing college ball at Mizzou is 3-star running back BJ Harris.
Harris is a good recruit for the Tigers as they plucked him out of a state with two rival SEC schools. The McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.) School back is the No. 731 player in the nation according to the 247Sports.com Composite Rankings. He is the No. 45 player at his position and he is the No. 21 player in the state of Tennessee. He picked joining the Mizzou recruiting class of 2021 over the likes of Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and LSU.
Harris is already a stocky and powerful back before he even adds college weight. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 25 touchdowns in an insanely productive junior year campaign. His yards per carry average of 8.1 yards included plenty of broken tackles and yards after contact as he was a major factor in leading his squad to a state title.
The first play on this video makes very little sense. Harris should be tackled 10 yards short of the end zone but ends up carrying three defenders with him as he rumbles for a score. This isn’t just about strength and power, but also about balance and athletic ability as he hits pay dirt. Harris is clearly an explosive back and that might be his biggest asset. He hits the hole hard and he is often into the second level before linebackers have had a chance to react. From there he has gas to burn and he will be an outstanding change of pace back for the Tigers from the moment he steps onto the field.
2021 Missouri Football Commit List