Maryland WR Paul Harris nears decision


After returning home Monday from a memorable trip to The Opening, three-star receiver Paul Harris (Upper Marlboro, Md./Frederick Douglass) now shifts his focus to the final stage of his recruitment.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete has narrowed his list to USC and Tennessee, and expects to make his college choice sometime this month, though a specific date has not been set. Harris said he will sit down with his parents in the coming days and weigh his options.

"I spoke to Coach [Lane] Kiffin when I got home today," Harris said. "We were catching up and recapping the weekend. It was a normal conversation."

Harris, the nation's No. 75-ranked receiver, said he was offered by the Trojans two weeks after his junior season ended. From that point on he maintained a high interest in USC and a visit to campus two weeks ago made a greater impression.

For Harris, one thing stands out about USC.

"The tradition," he said.

In trimming his list down to USC and Tennessee, Harris eliminated the likes of Cal, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Washington, among others.