ZEPHYRHILLS – Charles Harrison III set the tone for people to fear his game as a sophomore.
The 2018 Zephyrhills only furthered that notion this past season with 1,607 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also totaled 433 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
At 5’11”, 165 lbs., Harrison III is up eight pounds since the end of his junior campaign. He’s aiming to reach the 175-pound mark in his third varsity season.
He had 12 touchdowns in eight games as a sophomore and is a true threat whether he’s passing or running the ball.
On why he was able to be a bit more successful this past season, Harrison III had this to say.
“With the new coach coming in, we put in more plays and threw the ball more,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “I study a lot of film and see ways to get better. Studying film and watching film of other quarterbacks really helps my confidence.”
Being a quarterback runs in his family. Harrison’s grandfather Charles “Bo” Harrison was a standout passer for the former all-black Dady City program Mickens. His father, Charles Harrison Jr. was the backup at Pasco during its lone state title win in 1992.
“My dad basically taught me everything I know,” Harrison III said. “He’s had a big impact in my life and he’s one of the reasons I’m doing this right now.”
Much like his father and grandfather, Harrison III has always been a quarterback. It all started for him at age 4. He points to his dual threat ability and strength as his biggest strengths. He’s looking to top the 2,000 passing yard mark in his senior season.
“I like to be the leader of the team,” he said. “I touch the ball every time on offense and basically, the game is in my hands.”
Harrison III and the Bulldogs finished as the Class 5A-District 3 runner-up behind River Ridge. Zephyrhills went 8-3 in the first year of head coach Nick Carroll’s tenure.
I like him [Carroll]. He came right in and every day tries to help us get better,” Harrison III said. “He calls me in his room, we go over plays and watch film every day.”
The Bulldogs open the season at Wiregrass Ranch next Friday. The team goals are clear for Harrison III.
“I look to go to 10-0. We should go undefeated this year and not lose a game,” he said. “I see us making it far in the playoffs and states.”
Right now, Harrison III holds one offer from Warner. He also has drawn interest from Navy and Wright State.
Football is something that has really eased his maturation process.
“I want people to know that football is really something that helped with life,” Harrison III said. “It keeps people off the streets and it has helped me focus on my grades more. If it doesn’t work out, I’m going to go to college for four years and get a good job in the future, perhaps business.”
Born with leadership abilities, Harrison III is a smart young adult who is thriving at Zephyrhills. He should take off in the second season under coach Carroll. Look for him to earn a few more offers to play Division I football next year.
Favorite players to watch – Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick
Playlist before games – Meek Mill, Lil Snupe
Favorite movies – Friday Night Lights, When The Game Stands Tall
Favorite TV shows – Last Chance U
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I like to shop. I got an expensive taste. Gucci is my go to store.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Nuke”
Game film: Harrison’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
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