- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – ESPN 150 defensive back Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) decided to make a last-minute trip to Florida State on Thursday for the afternoon session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp.
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound senior took a few minutes to work out and catch up with FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.
“Yeah I just did two drills and I was chilling after that, watching some of the other guys go,” Harris said. “I worked with coach Stoops a little bit and we talked in the football office a little bit before that. I was in there with a couple other guys and they wanted to try to all of us up here so they were excited about that.”
Harris says that he also keeps in touch with offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who recruits the Orlando area for the program.
“Coach Trickett is a funny guy,” Harris said. “He’s always wearing his cowboy boots and he makes sure to say hello when he comes around the school.”
Harris is wrapping up a pretty busy offseason with a couple more events. He’ll head to Florida on July 27 for the program’s Friday Night Lights showcase and from there he will go to the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee for Gridiron Kings.
Two weeks ago Harris competed at The Opening, his first time on the west coast.
“I really enjoyed the west coast and it was a lot of fun to compete in Oregon,” Harris said. “The weather was so nice, no humidity, no clouds, trees. It was beautiful and green.”
Harris, ranked No. 68 in the ESPN 150, is getting down to the tough choices in his recruitment. He was hoping to announce his top five at The Opening but he has yet to release it.
He has been to Florida, Florida State and Texas on several occasions and has also taken an unofficial visit to South Florida.
“Everything has gone well, I’ve been everywhere I couple of times and I’m going to see more when I release my top five,” Harris said. “It didn’t happen in Oregon but I’m close. I will have to sit down with my mom and talk with her.”
The key for Harris will be his comfort level. He said he wants to make sure the programs in his top five are ones that have everything he’s looking for on and off the field.
“I don’t want to be one of those prospects that decommits,” Harris said. “I want my commitment to be the final word for me in the recruiting process.
“The official visits will be best thing for me because I will be able to visualize everything and really see what life would be like at the school.”