Top 22 - 2017: Xenia's Meechi Harris


XENIA -- Meechi Harris burst onto the scene in Xenia's 2016 season opener. Catching two touchdown passes and a kickoff returned for a touchdown on the televised Thursday Night Lights game against Beavercreek.

From that point on it was clear Harris was a big play waiting to happen.

The junior caught 41 passes for 663 yards including 10 touchdowns.

He also returned four kicks for scores in 2016.

Between his catching, running and returning he averaged 19.9 yards per touch and averaged a touchdown once every 4.8 touches.

Harris holds more than a dozen Division I scholarship offers including schools like Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Minnesota.

The wide receiver flashed in Bob DeLong's spread offense attack but now the Buccaneers are switching up their style under new head coach Trace Smitherman.

Xenia will switch from the spread to the option.

It would be understandable for a receiver of Harris' talent to be upset about the change but he texted Smitherman shortly after the head coach was hired saying Harris understands the offense Smitherman wants to run but is ready to do anything needed of him.

"You get a kid like that, you wish him the best and you try and do everything you can to support him," Smitherman said.

"I'm all about winning," Harris said.

"Even if I contribute or not the 'W' is all we need at the end of the day to make our team look good. Self fame is good but it's not better than team fame."

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