- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Class of 2013 safety prospect Marcell Harris was one of many top prospects competing at the Under Armour underclassman combine on Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 198 pound athlete from Groveland (Fla.) South Lake, was one of the top defensive back prospects on hand.
Harris said he is using this time to improve on certain areas of his game.
“I’m competing and having a good time, that’s what I wanted to do,” Harris said. “I wanted to get new techniques and improve on my game. The level of skill players and the level we will be playing at in this combine, the top players, just competing the whole time is what I like.”
Under Armour defensive back instructor Don Cox has been impressed with what he has seen from the highly recruited junior.
“Marcell is going to be a very good free safety,” Cox said. He has good hips. He has very good hips. I think man coverage might cause him a little problem because most safeties don’t cover well, but he actually does cover well. He moves fluidly which is very good. He’s very strong coming down hill. I watched some tape on him, he tackles extremely well.”
Cox said that Harris is athletic and has the potential to contribute in different areas.
“He’s going to be that hybrid free safety that can actually cover like on an off man, the slot or tight end," Cox said. "Maybe if he gets a little bit quicker feet they can use him as that nickel back. He’s going to be a next level free safety.
Harris has already received offers from Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and LSU. He also expects to get an offer from Texas soon after National Signing Day in February.
Harris, who ran a 4.57 second, 40-yard dash time and registered a 31.5 vertical at the combine, said he has no early leader and plans to take his time in the recruiting process.
Harris’ father Mike Harris played safety at Florida. Some would think that would give the Gators an advantage. But the younger Harris said that is not the case.
“My dad just wants best for me, he doesn’t try to push me to any schools,” Harris said. “My dad always told me to look forward. Grades first and everything else will take care of itself.”