Marcell Harris paving his own path


BRADENTON, Fla. -- Four-star safety prospect Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) might be a Florida legacy, but the Under Armour All-American is sick of hearing that he should follow in his dad's footsteps. His father, Mike Harris, played safety at Florida in the mid 90s, but the younger Harris might decide to pave his own career path.

"It all comes with him being a top athlete in his day," Harris said, "but it gets kind of weary in my mind because I'm my own man and I make my own decisions, and now that I'm older it's all about my decision and where I want to go."

Harris, who was a standout for team Top Recruits at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 National Championship tournament, was teammates with Florida safety commit Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter) at the event. Neal says he can sense the frustration with his talented teammate.

"I think he wants to go there [Florida], but the legacy and everyone telling him he has to go there because he's a legacy, it kind of makes him like, 'No, I'm my own person, I want to make my own legacy,' " Neal said. "I don't know what he's thinking right now, but hopefully it's Florida."

Though the Gators continue to be near the top of his list, Texas has always been a team that has intrigued Harris. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound athlete, said he will try to make another trip to Austin in the fall.

"I'll most likely I'll go there for an official visit," Harris said. "They have a good coach staff and they are putting together a good team. I'm going to try to go to their first game, see how everything is. I've never been to a game, so I just want to see what the atmosphere is like. It's one of the top schools in the nation."

Harris, who was originally planning to announce over the summer, said he is close to narrowing a list of top five schools, and his decision will likely be pushed back.

"I'll probably narrow down my list to five schools real real soon," Harris said. "It looks like it might be a little delayed, but I'm getting there. It's a decision you have to make for the next four years and not just that one year. So I just want to make sure that's the place I want to be."