Sunday, November 18, 2012
ESPN 150 S Marcell Harris talks finalists
By Derek Tyson
ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) announced on Friday he has moved his college decision to Nov. 29. The announcement will be on ESPNU's "Recruiting Nation," which airs at 5 p.m. ET.
The four-star athlete will chose between Florida, Florida State, Texas and Oklahoma. Harris said he wanted to wait until after Thanksgiving to make his decision.
Marcell Harris is rated the No. 7 safety in the nation and the No. 68 overall player in the ESPN 150.
“That’s why I was waiting until after Thanksgiving," Harris said. "So I could sit down, enjoy Thanksgiving and talk about some other things with my coaches, because I didn’t get to talk to my coaches before all of this and everything else. So it will be a great time to sit down with everybody.”
Harris said he still stays in constant contact with Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina.
“Texas is still on me hard," he said. "I talked to coach Mack Brown the other day, I talked to Coach Akina, some great guys. They just trying to get me, invite me into the program.”
The No. 7-ranked safety in the country said he has some difficulties reaching the Oklahoma coaching staff recently.
“I talk to Mike Stoops whenever I can, Bob Stoops whenever I can," Harris said. "Sometimes they are hard to reach, so I reach out if I get a call back or not. You know, it is what it is.”
Harris, an Under Armour All-American, said he has been very impressed with what Florida State has been able to do on defense.
“Florida State, they’ve been one of the best defenses, maybe the best defense," Harris siad. "A couple people got hurt, but they’re still running out players, and they’re still talking to me and everything seems good.”
Florida, with commitments from Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumpter), Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) and Vernon Hargreaves III ( Tampa, Fla./Wharton) is putting together a solid class of defensive backs. Harris has taken notice.
“Florida, they’re trying to create that no-fly zone," he said. "They got Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal and more to come. They are starting to create that no-fly zone.”
Harris, who injured his knee in a game earlier in year and will likely miss the rest of the playoffs, said he is attempting to enroll early at wichever school he chooses.
“I’m trying to enroll early,” Harris said. “I got a couple more classes online I need to finish, and then after that I should be rolling.”