Arkansas commitment De'Jon Harris says the only programs in contention are Hogs and Crimson Tide

Alabama always recruits Louisiana hard and 2016 is no different with a late offer out to Arkansas commitment De'Jon Harris, who says it will come down to SEC West rivals in the end.

Marrero (La.) John Ehret star De'jon Harris has been an Arkansas Razorback commitment since May. Several programs in the mix for his services before that point have kept up with him throughout his senior campaign, resulting in a recent offer from fellow SEC West program Alabama.

Now, it looks like a UA vs. UA battle for his signature on February 3.

"I did a lot for my team, played multiple positions and a lot of schools started coming back and taking a shot on me," he said. "But the only two schools I'm really interested right now is 'Bama and Arkansas. LSU came by, but haven't offered yet. I'm not really interested in CalColorado and all those guys. I'm looking at Arkansas and looking to see what I get out of Alabama when I visit next month." 

Harris, who has never been to Tuscaloosa for a visit, will be in town the weekend of January 15 before checking out Fayetteville one more time the following weekend.

"I want to see some of the facilities. Coach (Burton) Burns told me they just redid some of the facilities," he said of the upcoming 'Bama trip. "I heard they were nice so I want the chance to look at them. I want to sit down with the coaches and get to meet the whole staff and stuff. 

"Coach Burns, who is my recruiting coach, actually came by in the spring. They told me they wanted to see what I could do this year on film. I improved, and that's why they offered me. The DC, coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, who came from Georgia -- I know him, too."

Versatile at around 6-foot, 230 pounds, programs have spoken to Harris about playing on either side of the ball. The Razorbacks hold him on their commitment list as a linebacker.

"Coach Burns asked me what I wanted to play and I told him it didn't matter, either running back or linebacker," he said. "I think they offered me at outside linebacker. I played inside this year, but I'm very versatile. I make a lot of plays with the ball in my hands if you want to put me on offense. Defense is my main side, I can get downhill fast at linebacker."

Still somewhat solid with Bret Bielema and company, there are some clear priorities for the three-star ahead of a final decision.

"It's an up-and-coming program. They did pretty decent this year, they're improving in some spots despitre some injuries," he said. "I think it's a program that fits me and one where I can come in and play early."

If Alabama is to complete a flip of Harris' pledge, its effort after the official visit could also be critical. 

"They (UA) have to come harder than Arkansas and what they're doing. The depth chart plays a big part, too," Harris said. "I'm not looking to go in and sit around and wait. I'm looking to go in fast and play. So it's either the one I can go and play with or develop the relationship with the coaching staff."

Despite a final official visit window open just days before national signing day, one of Louisiana's best doesn't plan on taking any other trips down the stetch at this time. 

 


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