NCF On The Trail: Trent Harris

Top position classes: DL 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
Texas A&M went into the 2014 class knowing that size and athleticism was an absolute must on its defensive front. And Kevin Sumlin and staff delivered on those glaring needs. Leading the way is No. 1 defensive end and five-star player Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), who has the size, speed and power combination to be a difference-maker early on next fall. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Garrett is joined at defensive end by ESPN 300 No. 203 Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), and high three-star Jarrett Johnson (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes), who has a nonstop motor. While the Aggies have some talented young defensive tackles, continuing to add size and athleticism to the interior was a must. No. 150 DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland) and four-star early enrollee Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) add disruptive explosiveness and athleticism.

The Aggies had the nation’s best defensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Miami pledges happy about NCAA ruling 

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Braxton Berrios was intrigued, but hardly worried. He did not expect the NCAA to alter his future Tuesday when it announced its long-awaited sanctions on Miami.

Now that Miami will not face any further bowl bans and will lose only nine total scholarships over the next three seasons, Berrios is ready to move on to Coral Gables, Fla., with the rest of Miami’s top-five 2014 recruiting class.

Trent Harris
Tom Hauck for Student SportsTrent Harris is excited that the uncertainty about NCAA sanctions at Miami is over.
“It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane,” the four-star receiver from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road said. “I’m glad this 2-year investigation is over and the university as well can move on.”

Miami is 6-0 and No. 7 in the initial BCS standings, and ESPN 300 defensive end commit Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) believes the news of the NCAA sanctions had benefits in the present and future.

The Canes’ self-imposed postseason ban kept them from competing for an ACC title in 2012, but they are in the driver’s seat for a conference championship in 2013.

“Well, I think it’s great that they weren’t banned from any bowl games and I know that the current players on the team just got an extra boost of excitement,” Harris said. “I just can’t wait to go out there and win a national championship."

Miami coach Al Golden has told recruits not to worry about the NCAA, and they heeded his advice. Top target Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), No. 42 in the ESPN 300, told the Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang he “wasn’t too worried about the Miami sanctions.”

Asked if he was concerned the NCAA’s decision could impact his verbal commitment and future with the program, Berrios said, “Not really.”

“I figured they wouldn’t get much. Al Golden played a great part as well as [Miami president Donna Shalala] in assuring Miami did all they could to minimize the sanctions,” Berrios said.


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Best ACC classes by position 

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Florida State has the top class among ACC schools right now, but that is taking the Seminoles’ entire 23-recruit class into account. The Noles don’t have the best class at every position, as some of Florida State’s top rivals are looking stronger at certain positions. Here’s a look at which ACC school has the best class by position:

Quarterback

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The Hurricanes picked up their 10th ESPN 300 prospect Monday in defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). Read on to see how our scouts feel he'll perform at the next level:

What he brings: Harris can be an explosive and physical defender who is capable of being tough against the run as well as harassing quarterbacks. A thickly built kid with good playing strength, the ESPN 300 DE possesses very good first-step quickness that can allow him to be a disruptive presence. With the ability to explode off the ball and use his hands, he can set the edge as a run defender and as a pass rusher displays nice upside with his initial quicks. While there is room for improvement and refinement with things like the use of his hands, he has the tools to be dangerous coming off the edge with further development.

How he fits: This is a nice in-state pick-up for a Miami team looking to improve on defense. Among the worst in the nation in run defense, tackles for loss and sacks, Harris is another addition for them on the defensive side of the ball who is capable of helping this unit get stronger. Harris has the tools to be a three-down defender that can help them to be more stout against the run, and he is capable of helping to generate pressure in passing situations.

Prediction for performance: As Miami looks to strengthen its defense, a prospect like Harris could be called upon to contribute early on, and he is capable of it. He displays very good ability, but consistency is the key. We have been very impressed at times by the four-star defender, but at others times in evaluation felt like we weren’t seeing the same player. His ability to contribute could be based of his ability to perform at the level he is capable of on a consistent basis. If he can do that, he’s certainly capable of working his way into the rotation early on, with the ability to develop into a very good and well-rounded multiyear starter for them.

How the class is shaping up: Miami is putting together a strong 2014 class currently ranked in the top 10. The class has a good emphasis on the trenches, as six of their top seven commitments are either OL or DL prospects. With the addition of Harris along with recent verbal Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) and the raw but promising Demetrius Jackson (Miami/Booker T. Washington), the Hurricanes have some prospects on board at defensive end with the tools to help them improve those sack totals in the future.
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ESPN 300 defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) committed to Miami (Fla.) on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete announced his decision on a live webcast with the Orlando Sentinel. The No. 114-ranked player in the country also had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, among many others.

Harris said he was relieved to make his decision.

"It's a big relief now," he said on the webcast. "I just want to go play football now."

The four-star end admittedly grew up a Florida fan, but he said the Hurricanes presented a better opportunity for him.

"It was difficult," he said. "That was my dream as a kid. But I grew up and I got to realize what's going to help me the most in my future and that's the University of Miami.

The Hurricanes are picking up an explosive pass rusher.

"Harris is a prospect with some good natural tools," his Recruiting Nation scouting report reads. "He has the ability to explode off the ball and good things can come with that. Can be a tough run defender and with some development and refining can be a disruptive pass rusher. Lacks in ideals in some areas, but initial quicks and strength will catch attention and could allow him to be a very productive college defender. "

The Hurricanes have 24 commits, including 10 in the ESPN 300. Miami is No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings. Harris will join Miami Booker T. Washington teammates Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson as defensive end commits for the Hurricanes.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), a new ESPN 300 member, has narrowed his list of schools to six.

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound athlete said Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Vanderbilt are his final six schools.


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ESPN 300 analysis: Florida Gators 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators finished with the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the country last year and are again off to a hot start for the 2014 cycle. Six of Florida's 10 verbal commitments are in the new ESPN 300 rankings.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsWorkhorse running back Dalvin Cook remains the Gators highest-ranked 2014 commit.
Running back Dalvin Cook (No. 22), who rushed for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, continues to lead the way for Florida commits. Cook was previously committed to Clemson before making the switch to UF in early April.

Record-setting quarterback Will Grier dropped eight slots from No. 45 to No. 53, but will have a chance to improve his ranking with a strong performance at the Elite 11 camp at the end of the month.

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Five stories to watch: Orlando NFTC 

March, 15, 2013
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Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.


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Harris talks Bama, nearing decision 

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Whether he likes it or not, Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) has become one of the top prospects in Florida.


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2014 DE Harris draws interest from SEC 

February, 27, 2013
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Class of 2014 defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) is legitimately on the radar, if he wasn't before, that is.


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2014 DE claims FSU junior day offer 

February, 24, 2013
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Class of 2014 defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) went to Tallahassee this weekend for Florida State's junior day not knowing what to expect.

He got the normal tours, of course, seeing what the campus had to offer. He met with the coaches and got a sense of things.

But when he was called into coach Jimbo Fisher's office, he was surprised to hear an offer was coming.

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