Tuesday, January 10, 2012
De'Vante Harris visiting Texas A&M
By Damon Sayles
Four-star cornerback and Under Armour All-American De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) has been very active through social media in letting the world know how the recruiting life has been for him. On Tuesday, Harris announced via his Twitter site (@Official_DH10) that he has picked up offers from both Tennessee and Texas A&M.
“Tennessee offered... #AnotherBlessing,” one of Harris’ tweets said early Tuesday evening.
“A&M just offered. Another blessing...,” said another tweet roughly an hour later.
Since decommitting from Oklahoma on Saturday, Harris has been a red-hot commodity for several big programs. He has gained offers from Oregon, Ohio State, TCU, Nebraska and California, in addition to Tennessee and A&M.
“It’s been a blessing. That pretty much sums it up,” said Harris, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback with high-4.3 speed. “Seeing where I’ve come from and making it to where I am not, it’s a blessing, and I thank God every minute. It’s a great feeling.”
Harris didn’t go into detail as to why he decommitted from the Sooners, but he did say he is looking for a program that will fit him. He will kick things off this weekend with a visit to A&M. Harris originally was planning on visiting Oregon this weekend but has pushed back the trip to Eugene, Ore.
“I know all won’t be perfect,” Harris said of his future college home, “but I’m trying to fit somewhere that’s best for me.”
In receiving the Tennessee offer, Harris was contacted by secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph. Harris admitted that, being from Texas, he hasn’t had a chance to research Tennessee’s program, but he is interested in learning more, particularly with the nation’s top inside linebacker – and fellow Texan and Under Armour All-American – Dalton Santos (Van, Texas) committed to the Volunteers.
In receiving the A&M offer, Harris was contacted by new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Of all the new offers, the Texas A&M offer may be the most intriguing. His father Rod was a receiver at A&M in the 1980s before playing in the NFL with the Saints, Cowboys and Eagles.
De’Vante, however, said he doesn’t want his followers automatically assuming he’s a lock for the Aggies.
“My dad is Rod Harris, and I’m De’Vante Harris. He has his future, and I’m going to have mine,” Harris said. “I like A&M, and people always say to follow a legacy. I kind of want to build my own.”
Harris is ranked No. 14 nationally among cornerbacks. He is considered the 49th-best player in Texas.