Devin Harris is one of the best players from the Birmingham, AL area in the Class of 2030.
The 4-foot-2, 66-pound Harris, who attends Hall Kent Elementary, is a dynamic player that works as a running back, quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety for the Bessemer Tigers.
Harris has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as: Offensive Player of the year (2018), Defensive Player of the Year (2018) and six-time Metro Player of the Game selection.
Harris is humbled by the accolades.
“It means a lot because I want to be the best,” Harris said. “It’s fun because I get to travel and I get to play against the best around the world. I also love my teammates and love to travel. It’s a lot of fun.”
No matter the opponent, every game Harris is determined to give it his all.
Harris is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Harris steps between the lines.
“On offense it is to score every time I touch the ball,” Harris said. “Then on defense to stop anyone that gets the ball. I love to hit hard.”
Harris has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Harris tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love having fun with my teammates and winning big games,” Harris said. “I love celebrating in the locker room after victories with my teammates. There’s nothing else like it.”
Harris has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me so much about life in general,” Harris said. “It has taught me that hard work pays off. If you give it your all there’s nothing impossible.”
Harris recalls his favorite football memory.
“Playing against Central Park Chargers – We went into 2 OT and I had 2 TD and 16 tackles,” Harris said. “I also scored the winning touchdown in OT. I love seeing my teammates happy.”
DeMario Wren is Harris’ coach.
Wren explains the best parts of Harris’ game.
“RB: great vision and acceleration and cuts. QB: dependable player, IQ, speed. Wide receiver: Good hands, good routes, good field awareness. Linebacker: Good tackler, aggressive tackler, good angles when tackling. Safety: Good IQ, Good field awareness, good ball skills, can tackle sideline to sideline,” Wren said.
Harris takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Harris makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I try to be a good teammate by helping my teammates up off the ground, cheering them on when they’re not doing good and when doing good. Not being selfish,” Harris said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is ‘You will do better next time. Good try.’”
Wren adds that Harris is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He helps teammates up, celebrates with teammates even when not in game, and encourages teammates when having a bad day, always focused and never playing at practice,” Wren said. “He’s a great demonstrator.”
Harris is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person on and off the field,” Harris said. “They tell me to never give up, that I can do anything I put my mind to. And to always put God first, to play with passion and to always give my all. Never cheat. The best advice they give is that I can do all things through Christ.”
Wren is an advocate of Harris’ capabilities.
“Central Park vs. Bessemer Tigers- Double OT, game on the line after scoring 3 TDs, he scores 4th TD in OT to win the game,” Wren said. “Huffman Canes vs Bessemer Tigers: Big 4th and 1 stop from linebacker in A gap.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Harris is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Harris is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“On offense he sees the field very well knowing all the positions and recognizes defenses. Takes great angles on combination tackles knowing where teammates are on the field,” Wren said. “He’s a very smart player that always puts himself in a position to make plays. Ex: There was a game where I asked Devin once about a play he made from middle linebacker. His response was ‘I saw the motion and when I saw motion I knew they were running the jet sweep so I came down to make the play.’”
Harris is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He is one of the hardest working kids I know. He never complains, never gives any attitude and always trying to get better,” Wren said. “He has been training with GFit since he was 3. Always does extra laps or extra work after practice.”
Wren explains why he compares Harris to these standouts.
“Brian Dawkins at safety because he has good coverage skills and great tackling abilities.
He loves to hit,” Wren said. “Ezekiel Elliott at RB because of his vision, patience, explosion and ball skills.”
Harris patterns his mentality after this player.
“My favorite NFL player is Odell Beckham Jr. because he is great and has fun,” Harris said. “I try to do the same not just at wide receiver but at every position that I play.”
Harris is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goal on the field is to go to the NFL. My goals off the field is to be a trainer for GFit or coach,” Harris said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
Harris explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I would like to attend the University of Alabama because they are champions and have a great tradition,” Harris said. “I would love to help the Crimson Tide win another national title.”
Wren lists the improvements that will take Harris’ game to the next level.
“I want to see him play at a faster game speed. And see him improve in every area,” Wren said. “We are working on his consistency, and advanced knowledge of the game.”
Wren believes the sky is the limit as long as Harris continues to stay hungry.
“He has unlimited potential and could be the No. 1 athlete in his class and go on to college and play free safety then become a top five pick in the NFL,” Wren said.
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