FISHERS, Ind. – J-Shun Harris is a fearless guy. Why is that important? Because you can't be timid and return punts.
Few high school players return punts better than Harris, a Fishers standout and Indiana University commitment.
He's returned three punts for touchdowns in his career. He averages 16.5 yards per punt return this season.
“You have to be (fearless),” he said. “It's a quick decision – let it go, catch it or fair catch it. You have to make up your mind fast.”
Harris is a fast guy, but he knows he has to get faster by the time he gets to IU next season.
“I hear the speed is a lot faster in college. So I'm working on going hard every play. Sharpening up my routes – quick stops, things like that. I'm also working on my blocking ability.”
Harris, who is ranked as the state's No. 12 player by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service, figures to get a chance to return punts as well as play receiver at Indiana.
“Coaches have talked about putting me on special teams and trying to use me as much as they can.”
Harris is one of 10 players committed to Indiana for the Class of 2014. He didn't play in Friday night's game against Lafayette Harrison because of a concussion suffered the previous week against Avon. He was on the sidelines wearing his No. 7 uniform as Fishers beat Harrison to improve to 3-1.