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4-star LB has connection with Clemson coach

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson four-star linebacker Kevin Harris saw his stock explode in the spring, when he hauled in offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and others.

Clemson is among other major programs showing interest in the class of 2019 standout, and he is familiar with the school.

Harris made an unofficial visit to Clemson for its game against Boston College on Sept. 23.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Harris told TCI. “I have plenty of family at Clemson from Grayson.”

Harris has a connection with Clemson co-defensive backs coach Mickey Conn, his area recruiter. Conn spent 16 seasons as the head coach at Grayson before being hired by Clemson as a defensive analyst in 2016 and then being added as a full-time assistant in 2017.

“He was my coach in high school for a year before he left,” Harris said.

The two have built a bond over the years, as Conn was quick to recognize the talent that Harris possesses.

Harris felt catching up with Conn was the best part of his visit.

“Talking to coach Conn was the highlight,” he said. “He’s watched me work hard since the 9th grade before I had any one looking at me. He said I’ve really made myself into the player that I am now.”

Harris has a lot of respect for his former coach.

“I think coach Conn is very supportive,” Harris said, “and he pushes me to be the best person and player that I can possibly be.”

Harris said Clemson is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest right now, along with Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Penn State. He isn’t naming any leaders right now.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder is ranked as a top-10 outside linebacker in the 2019 class.

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