The Longhorns were unable to make a big splash signing at safety in 2012 even though it tried and was in the mix for Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) as his recruitment came to a close. But they are hoping that 2013 will yield a different result.
One commitment that would easily classify as a typhoon-type signing would be that of ESPNU Watch List member Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips).
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder picked up a Texas offer weeks ago and recently added Auburn, Ohio State and Louisville to an offer list that includes Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, North Carolina State, Temple, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“All the offers I have I am blessed with,” Harris said. “But Texas recruits just like Florida because it is a big state. It is always a big deal whenever anyone from Florida gets an offer from Texas.”
Harris has visited Texas’ campus twice already and will try to make it back down for a three-day camp in June. But he’s not completely certain.
“I am going to try to go to some more camps because I have been to Texas already,” Harris said. “I want to go to some that I haven’t gone to first but Texas could make their way in there.”
Whether or not Harris does make it back to Texas, he’ll surely be a prospect that the Longhorns keep close tabs on between now and national signing day. It’s not often you see someone with his size move with the quickness he possesses.
Harris will likely add several more pounds to his frame once he gets in to college, but he is confident he’ll be able to maintain, if not improve, his speed.
“When I get to college I want to get stronger and faster,” he said. “I still run a 4.5 and am still trying to get lower than that. When I go up to college I don’t think it will be a big deal to throw on a couple of pounds and be able to run with it.
My idol is Sean Taylor and he was always a big kid. Me being a big kid like him, I am trying to be like him.”
Harris, one of the top performers at the U.S. Army All-American combine in January, has likely completed his junior day schedule with stops at South Florida, Florida and Florida State.
He said they were all good visits, but nothing he hasn’t already seen. He’s already a seasoned veteran in the world of recruiting.
“It is somewhat stressful, that’s why some kids go ahead and get it over with,” Harris said. “But my mom always told me to stay humble and take everything as it comes. Some kids don’t have this opportunity. I’ll just dig in for the time being and when I make my decision I don’t feel like there will be any pressure.”