- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has narrowed down his list of top schools down to six. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Under Armour All-American announced his decision on RecruitingNation's weekly podcast Verbal Commitment on Friday.
Harris, the No. 7-ranked safety in the country, talked about each of his final schools which are in no specific order.
Oklahoma: "The coaches, Bob Stoops and Mike Stoops, those are some great coaches. They have built a great program and they have been consistently delivering guys to the NFL. It's a great staff and you can never take them lightly."
South Carolina: "The DBs coach, Grady Brown, and the head coach Steve Spurrier, they've always been a standout defensive team since Coach Spurrier has been there. They've been through adversity and always seem to come through it."
Clemson: "Coach Charlie Harbison and head coach Dabo Swinney. I've been in contact with Coach Harbison a lot, he is telling me constantly how the program is building up and they are like a runaway train, you never what's going to come. They had a good season last year with a young team."
Florida State: "FSU and coach Jimbo [Fisher] and coach [Mark] Stoops, like I said are great. My experience there was great and the players there and the players coming in should be be proud to play for Jimbo and FSU."
Florida: "Coach T-Rob [Travaris Robinson], the defensive backs coach, and coach Will Muschamp being the head coach and also the safety coach that would be coaching me. You know Florida with Coach Will and T-Rob, they are all my boys, they are my coaches, they are good guys and I've built a good relationship with them. That ‘No fly zone' ... any SEC team will be hard to throw a pass against us. I'm the piece of the puzzle they are looking for that 'No fly zone.'"
Texas: "Texas has always been a great program. Coach Mack Brown and coach [Duane] Akina they have history behind them with the guys they have developed and guys they have put in the NFL. Not to mention they were one of the first teams to come out to my spring practice, but other than that I'm also a great fit in their program. They've had some big physical safeties like Michael Huff, so I'd be playing their positions and just following those guys that made the NFL. I'm like a puzzle piece for them too."
The No. 66-ranked player in the country says he will make his final decision when the time is right but it will likely be during his senior season either before or after one of his high school games. Harris, though, says no matter where he chooses that school will get a hard worker.
"I fit in anywhere," Harris says, "and I'm going to play my hardest no matter where I go to."
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