Taking stock –
|High School||Byrnes (Duncan, SC)|
|Home State||South Carolina|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Signed Date||Dec. 18, 2019 (Early Signing Day)|
Rahjai Harris could be the second iteration of Darius Pinnix Jr. The physicality of Pinnix, which has been on display at East Carolina University for the last handful of seasons, can also be seen in Harris’ high school highlight reel.
Listed anywhere from 5’10” to 6-feet tall, Harris is a stocky, powerful runner at 205 pounds. Time and time again, he can be seen barreling over would-be tacklers for extra yardage after a hit. In open space, it takes more than an arm tackle to bring Harris to the ground, especially when he is running at top speed.
Watch Rahjai Harris’ highlight tapes here.
Coming out of Byrnes high school, Harris was tabbed as the 17th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com and 25th by 247Sports.com. In all four years at that prep level, Harris was a member of the varsity squad and picked up at least 650 yards on the ground each campaign.
As a sophomore, Harris logged 759 yards and averaged six yards per rush attempt while finding the endzone 11 times. While he regressed slightly as a junior, Harris still eclipsed 100-plus yard performances three times and an additional six times as a senior.
One of those 100-yard games came against Gaffney on Sept. 27 when he rushed 32 times for 300 yards and four touchdowns. That yardage mark stands as his career-best.
After rushing for 1,445 yards (131.4 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns to cap his prep career in 2019, Harris helped South Carolina win the Shrine Bowl with a 99-yard effort on the ground and a score.
For his high school career, Harris topped the 3,500-yard plateau and averaged a healthy 6.9 yards per carry while posting 46 touchdowns in 44 total games.
One half of ECU’s prep running back class for this recruiting cycle, Harris was an early enrollee to the university and was set to participate in spring practice. Unfortunately, those, along with the annual spring game, were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, Harris could be a candidate to redshirt in his freshman year as Pinnix, Demetrius Mauney, Trace Christian and new-comer Chase Hayden all figure to be ahead of him on the depth chart.
Still, with Harris’ skill set, he could see time on the field as a freshman. With time, we could see him regularly running over American Athletic Conference competition inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.