BLACKSHEAR, GA - Pierce County quarterback Tyler Harris has all the tools to be a star on the colllege gridiron. The 6-4, 220-pounder has given a verbal commitment to play for SMU next season.
This year, the air will be filled with footballs in Blackshear this season with lots of points going up on the scoreboard. Harris is a strong armed quarterback who helped the Bears to a 10-2 record a year ago, reaching the second round of the playoffs. He has already committed to play at SMU in Dallas next season and will go to Texas already knowing the offense, "Talking to the coaches and everything, I felt comfortable in the system, comfortable with the coaches. Their offense is very similar to ours so I feel like going in I will have kind of a head start. Also, they told me I will have a chance to compete for the starting job as soon as I got there. Those are factors that made me lean that way."
Coach Sean Pender thinks his senior signal called will fit right in at the college level where he will be playing for head coach June Jones and offensive coordinator, Hal Mumme, "It fits his abilities. He loves the shotgun, he can do both, under center and shotgun. He loves the shotgun and operates fantastic out of the shotgun as at SMU, that's their offense 90-percent of the time."
Harris moved to Blackshear for the football program because of his long association with coach Sean Pender. "When I was at Brantley, he moved me from linebacker," said Harris. "I used to play linebacker but he moved me in the 8th grade to quarterback and told me I was going to be his quarterback. When he came back to Pierce County after he moved off, me and my dad I talked about it and coming here would give me my best chance to succeed and have success."
Pender knows his physical tools will get him to the next level but it's the other elements of his game that will lead him to success, "He has good leadership ability too, in the way he generals a team up and down the field and makes sure people are in the right spots. His knowledge and command of the offense is very impressive."
He can make all the big plays and loves doing it, "Yes, sir, I definitely love to make big plays. You know when you make a good play here in Pierce County, the fans go crazy. They are a really loyal fan base and they pull us through whenever we need them."
The Bears open the season August 30th when they host Bacon County.
By the way, Harris also carries a 4.0 GPA.