While football players across the country are in the middle of training camp, Quentin Harris and his Taft School squad still have some time to wait.
“We actually don’t start up until early-September,” the 2015 Connecticut quarterback said. “I’m not entirely sure the date, but the first game will be late in September. We report to school on the 3rd and have a couple weeks of scrimmages and then we go.”
The 6-foot, 180-pounder recently finished his summer baseball schedule.
“It went really well,” said Harris, a centerfielder. “My team went down South for a couple games in a tournament. We played some of the top teams in the nation and did well, so that was good for exposure.”
Harris has started getting back into football mode with the help of his father and some others.
“I’ve been throwing locally, I do have teammates that live around me,” he said. “That’s the one thing with the boarding school, you have guys from all over the country, so you can’t just say, ‘Let’s go to the turf at 3 o’clock or anything.’ You have to plan it more.”
The baseball season was interrupted a little bit as Harris attended some camps.
“I went to Duke, Boston College, Notre Dame and Northwestern,” he said. “They were great. I was impressed with all of the facilities. They have great coaching staffs, great teams, great conditioning at all of those places. It’s definitely surreal going on campuses and seeing where all of these guys play.
“I got to sit down with each coach personally and see what they’re about and what they expect from their quarterbacks.”
Harris holds offers from Duke and Boston College, so those were especially important trips.
“It was kind of surreal meeting Coach (David) Cutcliffe down at Duke, the guy who coached Peyton Manning and Eli Manning,” he said. “You get to see how he operates and the program he runs.
“I had an offer from the old staff at Boston College and wanted to come and see the new staff. I definitely clicked with them. They actually said, ‘We’re going to do more than just honor it, we’re going to offer you again.’ That was reassuring to hear and they told me I was their number one prospect at quarterback for the 2015 class, so that was very nice. I like the way Coach (Steve) Addazio runs things, his energy and what he brings to the table.”
Harris spent a couple days in California last week visiting Stanford and left Palo Alto very impressed. He didn’t spend too much time in South Bend for June's camp, but did enjoy himself and hopes to return.
“I would definitely say I’ll look to come back to camp next year,” he said. “It was a good experience, it was great working with Coach (Brian) Kelly and everything.
“It was just kind of quick. You get there, get going and you’re in and out in like an hour and a half. I think I would definitely be more prepared for it next time. I definitely look forward to it and hope to return to Notre Dame for a camp.”
He’ll take a couple visits early this fall.
“I’m going to try to go to Boston College’s first game against Villanova and possibly go to a UConn game the Thursday before. Unfortunately, we play on Saturdays also, so I can’t take too many visits. Maybe in November, I’ll try to get down to Duke.”