The UCLA football team got some depth with their tight end group on Monday as JUCO transfer Josh Harris (Grossmont College/El Cajon, CA) has committed and signed with the Bruins for 2019.
The UCLA football team just received a commitment from a quarterback, the only thing is, this quarterback is coming to Westwood as a tight end, a position 6’6, 230-pound Josh Harris has never played.
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The signing of Harris is quite fascinating as he had not been getting a lot of recognition throughout his recruitment. His only other D1 offer came from San Jose State. That changed this weekend when Harris unofficially visited UCLA and received an offer from the coaching staff.
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According to Bruin Report Online, Harris had graduated from Oceanside High School in 2014 and immediately participated in missionary work. In the last two years, Harris has played quarterback at Grossmont.
For the reasons stated above, there is no film of Harris playing the tight end position, but looking at what he has done as a quarterback, we can conclude a few different things.
Harris is very elusive, which will help him to avoid defenders in pursuit. He also has some speed, so if he gets into the open, he can make things happen. He can also hit the right angles on his runs, which could help him gain extra yardage after catch. He is also quite tall so he will have an advantage over shorter linebackers and defensive backs.
But one has to wonder if there is another plan for Harris. Chip Kelly has quite the offensive mind and has used unique formations and personnel groupings in his various game plans and I wouldn’t put it past him use Harris in both passing and receiving situations.
Although, with Harris coming in as a TE, he will have to find time on the field behind the likes of Devin Asiasi, Jordan Wilson, David Priebe, Greg Dulcich, and Michael Martinez. Still, it will be quite the adventure to see what he does in blue and gold.
Welcome to Westwood, Josh!