NCF On The Trail: Eriquel Florence

Texas adds juco OT Desmond Harrison

January, 21, 2013
Texas kicked off on Monday what could be a fruitful final few weeks of 2013 recruiting by picking up its first verbal commit since October.

The Longhorns have landed pledge No. 14 from Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive lineman Desmond Harrison.

The three-star prospect chose Texas over Arizona State, USC, Oklahoma and offers from more than 20 schools.

“This feels real good,” Harrison said. “I feel like I just made the best decision. It was a tight decision. It really boiled down to Arizona State and Texas, and they really made it difficult. It just felt like Texas was the best for me.”

Harrison had been leaning toward choosing Texas for a while, but the final decision was tougher than he’d expected.

“It was a last-minute decision,” he said. “Everything came down to the end. I was still thinking about it today."

A 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman who is being recruited to play left tackle, Harrison took an official visit to Texas on Dec. 7 and is the program’s second junior college pledge, joining Butte (Calif.) College tight end signee Geoff Swaim.

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Santa delivers Juco package to ASU 

December, 26, 2012
A pair of junior college prospects, four-star wide receiver Jaelen Strong (Philadelphia/Pierce College) and three-star inside linebacker Eriquel Florence (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College), committed to Arizona State on Christmas, multiple sources report.

Strong, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect, selected the Sun Devils over offers from Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Miami-FL, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Oregon State and Purdue.

While ESPN believes Strong needs to become a more refined player, he is considered the 15th best junior college talent for 2013, and, "very similar to another fine prospect in this class in WR Jonathan Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes CC/Georgia), only Strong may be faster."