Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils fans cheer during the second quarter Texas A&M Aggies in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

New kids on the Duke football gridiron: Christian Harris

With every new season come new players. Most of the time, the new kids on the block are freshmen. For the 2014-2015 season, Duke signed a plethora of true freshmen.

Here’s the lowdown on offensive tackle Christian Harris.

The Suwanee, Ga. native was highly recruited during his high school days. He had scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, Furman, Georgia State, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio and South Alabama. Other schools that expressed interest were Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Ohio State. He officially committed to Duke back on June 13, 2013.

Originally, Duke wasn’t even in the 6-foot-5 275 pounder’s sights.

“I feel like Duke is a good fit for me. I didn’t need to continue the recruiting process.”- Christian Harris

“They [Duke] weren’t even in the plans to visit,” Harris said in an interview back in June 2013. “But a few days before we left [for visits to N.C. State and Kentucky], they definitely caught wind I would be in the area and made sure I stopped by.”

Duke “catching wind” of his trip to the area turned out to be very beneficial for Harris.

“Me and my dad decided it was the best situation for me,” Harris said. “It’s the best academic school out of all the schools that showed interest in me. They are an up-and-coming program in the ACC. I feel like it was getting late in the summer and if schools were going to offer me they would have by now. I’m not high up on their board that I need to be. Slots are filling fast and I feel like Duke is a good fit for me. I didn’t need to continue the recruiting process.

Up-and-coming is right. Harris made a note of that before Duke’s successful season in 2013.

Back when Harris went through SPARQ testing, Harris shined in areas. He ran a 5.08 40-yard dash, registering one of the fastest times among offensive tackles. His 20-yard shuttle was a 4.44, another time registering among the best for his position. His vertical jump checked in at 26.5 inches. One thing is for sure, for being on the line, Harris has wheels. Later in his career, don’t be surprised if he gets double-teamed.

As for if Harris will get playing time this season, it’s generally standard to for Duke to redshirt their freshman year. 

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