GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Marcell Harris is no stranger to the Florida-Florida State series. In fact, the 2013 safety prospect from Groveland (Fla.) South Lake High School has firsthand knowledge of the intense rivalry.
Harris’ father Mike Harris, played free safety for Florida from 1994-1997 and was involved in the FSU game all four years.
For the younger Harris, though, his trip to Gainesville Saturday night was a chance to see Florida’s program from a different view than his days of watching from the stands as a boy.
Before kickoff, Harris had a chance to meet and spend some time with the Florida coaching staff, including defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, running backs coach Brian White and head coach Will Muschamp.
“Before everything started we went up to the coaches room and I met coach T-Rob, Coach White and Coach Muschamp before the game,” Harris said. “That was a pretty cool experience. Coach T-Rob was just telling me who to watch and where I would be playing if I come to Florida. Then we talked about the defensive schemes and who to watch when they are in cover-one and cover-two and when they are in nickel and dime defenses.”
Harris said Muschamp was in pregame form.
“Coach Muschamp was focused, he was just ready for the game,” Harris said. “All he really told me was just to keep my grades up and it will work out as planned.”
Though Florida lost the game to FSU 21-7, Harris said there were some positive things to take from the game.
“It wasn’t a very good game offensive-wise," he said. "But defensively it was a pretty good game, holding them to 21 points.”
At 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, Harris has the size and athleticism to play strong safety at the next level, but Florida is recruiting him as a free safety.
“The coaches wanted to me to watch No. 24 (Josh Evans) who is more of a free safety,” he said. “That’s what they are recruiting me as. He played pretty well. He did a nice job of filling the holes and making open-field tackles.”
Harris holds early offers from FSU, Tennessee, Florida and Temple. He is expecting an offer from Texas to come soon. He is in no rush to make a decision.
“I am just weighing out all my options," he said, "and I’ll be interested in anyone that’s looking at me. I will just be staying focused for now.”
Just like Muschamp before a big game.