Chargers Sign LB Jerrell Harris

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (33) runs past Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Jerrell Harris (5) during the second half of the 2012 BCS National Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers added another linebacker onto the roster by signing former Alabama LB Jerrell Harris. Harris went undrafted last year, but has spent time on a few practice squads. He still hasn’t been able to find his way onto an active roster, but this could be his opportunity.

Here is his scouting report coming out of the draft from Pro Football talk:

Given first name is Herman. The Alabama prep earned Parade All-America honors and was a two-time all-state selection as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Also lettered in basketball and track. Appeared in 10 games as a reserve linebacker and special-teams player as a true freshman in 2008, recording three tackles, zero tackles for loss and zero sacks. Played in only six late-season contests in ’09 and posted 3-0-0, seeing action on special teams and as a backup “Sam” linebacker. Was suspended for the first six games after receiving impermissible benefits in regards to a laptop computer and not being forthcoming with school officials. In ’10, he had his most productive season with 24-1-0 in 10 games. Started the first three games at the “Will” linebacker position before moving to the outside to the “Sam” LB spot before Week Four. Appeared in all 13 games, making seven starts at SAM linebacker when the offensive formation allowed, and recorded 29-3 1/2-0 in ’11.

Versatile, athletic, run-and-hit ‘backer with the work ethic to earn a living covering kicks. Better suited in 4-3 than 3-4 scheme in which he played, though his role on a national champion aided his visibility.

So his name is Herman Harris?