SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Benedictine’s Jakeen Harris has known for two months he was the winner of the 2018 Michael Finocchiaro Award.
On Thursday night, the Cadet standout finally got his hands on the honor.
Harris was given the Finocchiaro Award at Benedictine’s annual football banquet Thursday night. The Cadet standout scored 16 offensive touchdowns while racking up 75 tackles and seven takeaways to be voted Chatham County’s best high school football player.
“It means everything to me,” Harris says. “For all the hard work I’ve been putting in, day in and day out. all the summer workouts. just going hard every day, it means everything.”
Harris is the 11th Benedictine player to earn the award, which has been handed out 37 times. He says he hasn’t yet gotten a chance to reflect on the elite company with which he now belongs.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” he admits. “Maybe when I’m older, I’ll look back and realize it was really like that.”
Benedictine head coach Danny Britt calls Harris a “throwback” kind of player, crediting his versatility, his attitude, and his work ethic for helping him earn the Finocchiaro Award.
“If you want to see how to do it, watch Jakeen Harris," Britt says. "For him to get the awards he’s getting and have the success he’s having, it is easy for us as coaches to be able to say look at him and you can get what he’s getting.”
Harris signed with North Carolina State on early signing day in December.