Monday, May 20, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: CB De'Vante Harris
By Sam Khan Jr.
During the summer, GigEmNation will take a closer look at returning starters and other key players on the two-deep for Texas A&M -- excluding the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class -- that could make notable impact this fall in our Aggie Snapshot series. Starting with No. 1 De'Vante Harris, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 95 Julien Obioha.
From No. 1 De'Vante Harris to No. 95 Julien Obioha, GigEmNation is evaluating the Texas A&M two-deep numerically. View the entire Aggie Snapshot series.
Impact thus far: Harris earned a spot as a starter coming out of fall camp as a true freshman. As is wont to happen with young players, Harris had his share of ups and downs. He wound up starting seven games, but only one of the last six. He played in 12 of the Aggies' 13 games last year, finishing with 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Harris is a confident player, but one area in which he could have been better last year, which the coaches pointed out, is tackling.
Expectations for 2013: During the spring, Harris progressed as a tackler and is more confident now that he has a season under his belt. He was the starter at cornerback opposite Deshazor Everett this spring and will likely enter fall practice as such. Look for an improved Harris this fall and for him to develop into more of a playmaker. Also, special teams coordinator Jeff Banks said he was impressed with the ability Harris flashed as a punt returner in spring ball, so he could possibly get a look at those duties as well.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Harris starts every game for the Aggies and develops into an all-conference caliber performer. He also wins the punt return job and picks up where Dustin Harris left off, making an impact with his speed.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: De'Vante Harris doesn't progress, still shows issues with tackling and eventually gets passed by a competing player at the position, perhaps senior Tramain Jacobs, for playing time or the starting spot opposite Everett.
Future impact: Harris deserves credit for showing the moxie to win a starting job as a true freshman last fall, but there is definitely room for improvement. He has added to his frame (he's now 6-foot, 185) so that should help him with tackling this fall. And his confidence and positive attitude likely won't let him down. Look for him to take a step forward in 2013 and beyond. He's a guy that could wind up being a four-year starter for the Aggies.