Blinn cornerback Dominique Harrison first on Arizona State commit list in 2018

Dominique Harrison led Blinn College last year as a redshirt freshman with four interceptions despite not starting until the fifth game of the season. In 2018 he plans to play for Arizona State.

Arizona State's first commitment of the 2018 class arrived on Tuesday in the form of a junior college defensive back who is already quite familiar with the program. 

Dominique Harrison, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound cornerback prospect at Bill College in Brenham, Texas, made the decision to pledge the Sun Devils just a few months after officially visiting ASU as a potential late 2017 addition. 

The Sun Devils tripped Harrison in February as he considered signing as a four year to play three player but instead elected to return to Blinn for his redshirt sophomore season and to solidify his academics. 

ASU's decision to bring Harrison in early paid off in a big way with his early pledge as a 2018 class member who should be able to enroll mid-year. 

"I've been thinking everything over, just taking time out," Harrison said. "I didn't want to rush into any decision. I just prayed over it, talked about it with my family and ASU is still popping up. It's still the top school from when I visited there (in February) to now. It sounds like I go can an make an impact. i feel real comfortable with coaching staff there. 

"Tonight I talked to coach (Phil) Bennett and coach (T.J.) Rushing and then I talked with coach (Todd) Graham also. They said I'm the No. 1 corner on their board. They said I can come and compete for a starting spot right away. They are very interested and like me at cornerback. After I just got done talking with coach Graham, it felt like he was being 100 percent honest about me being able to come in and play. As a junior college cornerback you don't really have much time so it's important that I make a big impact right away and I feel like I can do that at ASU."

Harrison said he especially connected with fellow Texas Ryan Newsome, a wide receiver for the Sun Devils, and the two have stayed in contact since his official visit. 

"We still talk and stuff and I ask him how it is up there," Harrison said. "He just gives me what he thinks about it. We stay connected."

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Harrison led Blinn with four interceptions while also posting 23 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

"I didn't really start until the fifth game, so I had to work my way into that role," Harrison said in a previous interview with Scout. "I really can play both zone or press coverage, but most of my picks came from one-on-one coverage. I attack the ball in the air as if I'm the receiver."

Harrison had two interceptions in his first game as a starter against Trinity Valley and never left the lineup again. 

"I feel like I'm a complete player," the Houston native said. "I feel like my ball skills are what makes me, I attack the ball in the air. I'm not really worried about the receiver in the air, I'm worried about the ball. My ball skills make me what I am."

This season Harrison will get a chance to return punts and kicks at Blinn in addition to playing cornerback. He said former USC star Adoree Jackson stood out to him because of his versatility and it's something he wants to bring to the Sun Devils. 

I just knew the day would come soon, I didn't know when," Harrison said. "I'm really excited and ready to show the world what I can do."

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