“The best way to describe him is he’s just oozing with potential to be something really good. I think he has all the tools to play football. Now it’s just a matter of focusing.”
– Rob Jeeter, head coach, men’s basketball, UW-Milwaukee
Demetrius Harris had a basketball scholarship at UW-Milwaukee. But his coach, Rob Jeeter soon thought that Harris might be better suited to football. Jeeter has gone the extra mile for his player, and helped him try another sport. Jeeter told a YouWager news source that he always suspected that Demetrius Harris, with his size, speed, and competitive style, might work a lot better on the football field than they did on a basketball court. Jeeter said, “We always looked at him like a football player trying to play basketball. We even talked to him about that when we recruited him. We knew he was a pretty talented football player.”
Now Harris is putting that idea to the test.
For the last month, he’s been working out with the Kansas City Chiefs. His former coach is proud. Jeeter told YouWager’s source, “The kid only worked out for seven days, but he runs a 4.53 40, his vertical was off the charts, and it was like, `Wow, the kid really wants it.’ We were in contact with him daily. For most people, the opportunity never comes, so we knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime for him.”
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound candidate for tight end says the chance to play NFL football is a blessing. Harris told YouWager’s source, “My coaches at UW-Milwaukee helped me get this opportunity and now I’m just trying to run with it.”
Not long ago Harris was considering playing basketball somewhere across the Atlantic, but now he’s attempting to make the kind of rare crossover that sports bettors saw basketballers like Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham make in pro football.
Kansas City’s head coach, Andy Reid, admits he is impressed. He told YouWager’s source, “He’s just gotten better and better every day. You see him out here making plays. I’m proud of him for the way he’s worked. That’s not an easy transition.”
No one in the online wagering community would think that it’s easy to switch from one sport to another. The effort it has taken for Harris to quickly familiarize himself with football plays instead of basketball strategy, has been extremely difficult, Harris says. He told YouWager’s source, “My confidence level was down and I was frustrated because I wasn’t doing well, and I was messing up the plays, but the coaches keep telling me to just let everything go, and if I mess something up, do it at full speed. So that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Harris has worked hard, and he is already become a favorite target for practicing quarterbacks, but he hasn’t made the team yet. Harris is ready for the challenge, though. He told YouWager’s source, “This level is real tough, but I came in here thinking like, `I’m not ready,’ so that’s what is slowing me down. I came in thinking, `I’m not ready, so I’m just going to lay back and sit.’ But now, I think if I just let everything go and just play, I can be really good.”