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Jaylen Harris
2017-2018 Football Profile
Freshman - Wide Receiver
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Jaylen Harris
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio
School: Cleveland Heights
Height: 6-6
Weight: 192
Forty Yard: 4.85
Vertical Leap: 32.9
Shuttle Time: 4.39
247Sports Scout Rivals ESPN 247Comp
4-Star #25 WR
4-Star #20 WR
4-Star #33 WR
4-Star #41 WR
4-Star #30 WR
First-Team All-State

The Player
Harris is a 6-foot-6 192-pound wide receiver out of Cleveland, Ohio. He is rated as the No. 30 wide receiver prospect in the country and the No. 6 prospect out of the state of Ohio. While I don’t expect Harris to come in and contribute right away, he projects as a solid prospect for Ohio State down the line.

The Comparison
I see a Michael Thomas type wide receiver when I look at Jaylen Harris. Thomas came in a bit under the radar after going the prep school route before entering Ohio State, and Harris is flying a bit under the radar with all of the 5-star kids in this class. Thomas did not have blinding speed, but he knew how to get open and high point the ball, and that is exactly what I see when I watch Harris play. Thomas was a standout in the spring his first couple of years and then finally came on in his redshirt sophomore and junior years at Ohio State, catching 18 touchdowns in two years as a Buckeye. Thomas went on to lead the New Orleans Saints in receptions in his rookie season.

The Fit
Harris is an ideal wide receiver for the Ohio State offense, as what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for with his size and ball-catching ability. Scouting reports say that he needs to work on his route running ability, and he will surely get coached on that while at Ohio State. His size makes him an ideal target inside the red zone where he should be able to out-jump most defensive backs and make some big plays. He may never be a big-time downfield threat, as he doesn’t possess the high-end speed, which makes him more of a possession receiver.

The Depth Chart
The Buckeye wide receivers were not very productive in 2016, and with top pass catcher Curtis Samuel off to the NFL, the Buckeyes don’t bring back a lot of catches to the 2017 team. K.J. Hill and Austin Mack should be the two kids who get the first look at playing time next year, but others like Terry McLaurin, Binjimen Victor and Parris Campbell will also get looks. Incoming freshman Trevon Grimes, assuming he comes back 100% healthy from his leg injury, is likely to get playing time early as he is a deep threat that the Buckeyes desperately need. While Harris could play his freshman year because of his size and ability, I think he sits a year learning the system, and then starts to shine his second year.

The Future
Like I said above, I don’t think Harris comes in right away and plays, but he does project to be a solid prospect for the Buckeyes over his career here. He has the body and frame to be a top-notch wide receiver for the duration of his career at Ohio State, and while he is not the fastest guy running routes, he has great hands and body control which should allow him to become a reliable target for whoever is throwing the ball to him in a couple of years. — Ben van Ooyen

Statistics
2016 - 53 receptions, 820 yards, 8 TDs, 98% blocking grade

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