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Harris ready for 'AggSwagg movement'

1/17/2012

After stepping foot on the Texas A&M campus last weekend, it was no longer a question whether four-star cornerback De'Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) was going to commit to the Aggies. It was a question of when.

Harris discussed the decision with his parents Sunday and announced on Twitter on Monday night that he had committed to Texas A&M.

“It was home,” Harris told ESPN.com late Monday night. “I had that ‘Welcome home’ sort of feeling as soon as I got there.”

The commitment punctuates the most stressful 10-day period in Harris’ life.

Two weeks ago there was no question where Harris was going to school as he had been the most vocal Oklahoma supporter and was firmly behind the Sooners.

Harris, however, unexpectedly de-committed from OU via Twitter last Saturday and was back on the market.

It took him a while to get accustomed to that feeling again.

“It did feel kind of weird being recruited again,” Harris said. “I hadn’t had to worry about that for a long time. However, it doesn’t matter because it all worked out for the best.”

From the day he de-committed, Harris, ranked No. 14 at cornerback, became one of the most coveted uncommitted prospects in the nation.

He picked up offers from TCU, California, Ohio State, and Oregon, among others, in the next few days. However, he was hoping he would hear from Texas A&M.

Harris tweeted A&M commit wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower) that Harris was hoping to hear from the Aggies. Once he did, and received the offer, he delayed a visit to Oregon and set up a visit in College Station, Texas, for last weekend.

It seemed like a natural fit since Harris’ father, Rod, was a star wide receiver for the Aggies before playing several seasons in the NFL. However, Harris said his father never once tried to push the Aggies onto him.

“He was going to be happy for me no matter where I went,” Harris said. “My mother and my father went with me on the visit, and everything just felt right.”

One thing everything kept going back to during Harris’ visit was family. He felt it was the players, including his host wide receiver LeKendrick Williams. But most of all, he felt it with the coaches, most notably Kevin Sumlin.

“His attitude. I’ve never experienced something like that before,” Harris said. “He’s not like a regular coach. He is like a father figure, too. After sitting down with every coach, I knew that it is exactly where I want to be.”

Harris, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds and an Under Armour All-American, committed to the Sooners back in April and never gave an indication until his tweet that anything was wrong. Harris once again declined to comment on why he decommitted from OU.

It has been nine months since Harris pledged to the Sooners, but he said he has grown up so much during that time and knows there is no doubt about this commitment to the Aggies.

“The feeling I have this time around is way different,” Harris said. “Right now, I know I’m done. I know I’ve done a more thorough job of looking through everything.”

Harris announced on Twitter last week that his final three were Texas A&M, TCU and Ohio State, in no particular order. He had planned to take visits to TCU and Ohio State but said those visits have been canceled.

Harris is ready for A&M. He is ready for the AggSwagg Movement.

“I have no regrets at all on how I handled everything.,” he said. “I’ve found what is going to make me happy. I want to play in the best conference, and that’s the SEC.

“I see a lot of similarities between me and A&M. I’m small in size and a lot of people think A&M isn’t ready for the SEC. I’m ready, we’re ready. We’re ready for Florida, LSU, Alabama, all of them. We’re not going to back down from anybody.”