by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Ole Miss, Wide Receiver, Tre Harris
Name- Tre Harris
Team- Ole Miss
HT/WT- 6’2” 205 lbs.
Home – Lafayette, LA
Tre Harris played high school football at Ovey Comeaux High School in Louisiana. He played both basketball and was the quarterback for the football team. 247Sports rated him as a 2-star prospect and the No. 99 prospect in Louisiana. Though he was a quarterback, he committed to Louisiana Tech as a wide receiver.
As a true freshman in 2020, Harris played in 7 games, though mostly on special teams and finished the season with only 1 catch for 20 yards.
In 2021, Harris saw his playing time increase and played in 12 games, starting 9 at wide receiver. He took advantage of the increased playing time and hauled in 40 passes for 572 yards and 4 touchdowns. Last season, Harris became a bona fide superstar for the Bulldogs. He started all 12 games and was the main target all season long, catching 65 passes for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns. He entered the transfer portal at the end of the season and eventually selected Ole Miss as his next stop in this career.
So far in 2023, Harris has started 11 games and is averaging 18.1 yards per catch, on his 851 yards on 47 receptions.
Harris is a smooth route runner, who has the speed to gain separation from defensive backs. His combination of speed and size will make it hard on the back end defensive backs and he is comfortable fighting for 50/50 balls. He is precise on his route running and comes out of breaks as good as anyone. He does a good job of changing gears in his routes and is tough to mirror. On deep passes, Harris does an effective job of tracking the ball and more times than not will high point the passes. His explosion off the snap and his twitchiness make him a handful to cover and helps him beat press coverage right away.
On the downside, Harris has issues with letting passes get into his body, and does not use his hands efficiently. He makes most of his plays over his shoulder on the outside, and has struggles with routes where he has to gear down to square up with the quarterback, running himself out of routes. He is another prospect who struggles with zone coverage, and is more comfortable out in space, needing to find the soft spots in defenses to be successful in the NFL. He lacks balance after a ball is caught and can easily be brought down with an arm tackle.
Draft 412 is reminded of ex-LSU star Terrace Marshall Jr. with the job Harris does on the outside. Marshall, a 2nd round pick in 2021 was a big play receiver in college who had some drop issues. Harris won’t get drafted as high as Marshall, but Draft 412 thinks he will struggle in his transition to NFL life, as Marshall has. Marshall has not been able to put his skills to good use in the NFL yet, and his lack of route running at LSU is a big reason why.
High point passes
Tre Harris is one of several wide receivers who will be in the bottom end of the draft but his speed will set him apart from some. He will need to use the combine and other post season events to solidify his standing.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th or 7th round