August 28, 2009
El Camino duo hearing from Alabama
Traditionally El Camino C. C. in Florida, Calif. is stacked with division I talent. In the 2010 class, two of its top prospects are wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and defensive back Mike Harris.
Thompkins is a name that many recruiting fans are familiar with. After he graduated from Florida power Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, Thompkins went on to garner numerous major college scholarship offers. However, Harris is a name that may be new to the scene but one that people should definitely remember.
"I didn't commit to anyone out of high school originally," Harris said. "I played quarterback at South Miami Senior school and I came out here and started playing cornerback fulltime and everything just took off from there. It's my natural position. I try to impact the game on defense the same way I did on offense."
Already, Harris claims some big offers including Oklahoma State and Florida International. Alabama is also on that list. In fact, Harris has the Tide on top.
"Right now recruiting has slowed down a little," he said. "I probably hear the most from Alabama. I talked with Coach (Jim) MacElwain about two or three weeks ago. I probably hear from them the most. They offered me in the spring and I talk to Coach Mac every three weeks or so.
"Alabama is in the lead because I love their tradition and they do a great job with their defensive backs. They will also lose some guys this year which makes it a good situation for me."
Though he likes the Tide, Harris is not in any major rush to make a decision.
"I want to commit sometime later in the season," he said. "We have a bye week about halfway through and I'm going to use that to take a couple of visits if possible."
Harris isn't the only El Camino prospect that the Tide is after. Alabama is one of a host of schools after the speedy Thompkins.
"Recruiting is going pretty good but I haven't heard much from too many schools since practice started up," Thompkins said. "I probably hear the most from Alabama, LSU and Kansas State. They have all offered and are all looking to bring in a big-time receiver."
While Thompkins was close to committing to the Florida Gators back in May, he will continue to evaluate his options throughout the fall.
"Alabama was coming hard on me for a while," he said. "Coach Mac told me they needed a playmaker to line up with Julio Jones next season. I also know that LSU lost some receivers last year and will probably lose more this season. I would really like to hit some of the SEC schools when I have time."
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