RIVERVIEW – Marvion Harris is used to moving around in his life.
The rising junior is set to start his second season for Spoto at both linebacker and wide receiver, but before that he never really settled into any particular place.
Harris moved seven times in his life along with his mother, a tech sergeant in the Air Force. He also switched schools after his freshman year from Jefferson to Spoto to be closer to home and be more involved.
At 6’0″, 190 lbs., Harris totaled 42 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception as a sophomore. He’ll expand his role to wide receiver and running back for the Spartans offense.
“It felt good because I knew the coach believed in me enough,” Harris told Prep Sports Scouting about last season. “I just liked the challenge. I feel like I’ve improved a lot especially in using my hands to get off a tackle or a guard.”
Harris says he found confidence in his game during this year’s spring jamboree at East Bay. He caught four passes for 68 yards (per the Tampa Bay Times) and felt like everything was clicking for him.
Spoto has missed out on the playoffs in three of the last four seasons including in 2015 where they went just 2-8 beating Freedom and Middleton.
Harris says the energy all summer has been very high with this group.
“It’s way better than last year. Everyone seems to want it more and work as a team to get to that next level.”
The Spartans went 8-4 only two seasons ago, making an appearance in the Class 5A region semifinals before falling to Jesuit 18-14. Harris says the recipe for success starts with him holding everyone accountable.
“If you are messing up I’m not going to put you down I’m going to help you and I’m looking for the same thing back.”
5A-District 10 rivals Jefferson and Jesuit are the two games that Harris has marked on his calendar.
Starting his football life at age 10 while living in Texas, he lined up at fullback originally. Born in Louisiana, Harris has also lived in Guam, Turkey, Alaska and Montana.
As for his biggest strength, he pointed to his hands, explosiveness, catching ability and route running. He’s looking to improve his speed and overall knowledge of the game.
Harris doesn’t have an offer yet, but FIU, Alabama State and Penn State are all showing interest him. He says FIU and Penn State see him at running back and linebacker while Alabama State wants to use him at running back exclusively.
Spoto head coach Dale Caparaso enters his ninth year at Spoto. Harris says he really enjoys playing for Caparaso.
“He [Caparaso] holds me accountable for everything. He’s not going to put me down rather he’s going to help me out at the same time. It’s been fun playing for him. He always tells me effort is everything.”
Harris says his mom is his biggest role model in his life.
“I see what she goes through everyday. She’s always working hard and never complains.”
In terms of his ultimate goal, Harris wants to play college ball and contribute there before going to the NFL and working his way up to becoming “one of the greatest to play the game.”
If the NFL doesn’t work out, he plans to work in the criminal justice field.
Harris is a soft-spoken kid who has the ability to bring this Spoto program back with his endless energy on both sides of the ball.
The Spartans faltered last season, but if they can hang tough in their district then they should be able to turn things around. Marvion Harris is an up and coming player who should improve even further as a junior.
Favorite players to watch – Giants WR Odell Beckham, Packers LB Julius Peppers
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert
Favorite movies – Remember the Titans, Radio
Favorite TV shows – First 48, Criminal Minds
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I’m a military brat. If you name a place I’ve probably been there.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Marvo”
Game film: Harris’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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