Plaquemine (La.) DB Todd Harris was basically down to in-state LSU and Mississippi with a verbal commitment rapidly approaching. But on Wednesday, after camping and earning a scholarship offer from the Alabama Crimson Tide, things are set back to some degree.
"This offer impacted everything," he said Wednesday. "I have to reconsider everything now with this offer on the table. I want to rethink everything and talk it over with my family now."
Harris, tabbed as the No. 5 safety on Scout, worked with UA coaches throughout the day before Nick Saban delivered the big news.
"After a few drills, 7on7 and campus tour, coach Saban met with my mom, aunt and I," he said. "That's where he told me that I had been offered a scholarship to the University of Alabama and that they thought I can really play.
"He (Saban) likes that I'm versatile, I can either play CB (cornerback), FS (free safety) or the nickel position. I think I fit in at nickel over at 'Bama though. That's what they had me working at today and a little free."
In the months leading to the camp performance, the top 100 player in America had made it no secret that the Crimson Tide offer was one he long coveted. Now that he has it there is a great sense of accomplishment regardless of where he eventually plays college football.
"It means a lot," Harris said. "I've been working hard for this offer and now that I finally got it I feel relieved, but I know that I still have to stay on my grind. It's a blessing to have an opportunity to play football for one of the top college football programs.
"I enjoyed being around the football players, they made me feel comfortable."
Now in no rush to make a decision, Harris said he will return to Tuscaloosa for an official visit later this year, though the date has not yet been set.