Despite visiting Oregon, De’jon Harris is solid with his commitment to Arkansas.
The Marrero (La.) John Ehret three-star linebacker committed to the Razorbacks in May, but took an official visit to Eugene, Oregon, last weekend and came away impressed.
“I liked it – the facilities, the campus,” Harris said. “The atmosphere was crazy out there. Of all the games I’ve been to, that was probably the loudest.”
Even though he enjoyed his time at the Ducks’ game and the Razorbacks have struggled so far this season, Harris said he is still onboard with Arkansas.
“I’m still solid,” Harris said. “(The losses) don’t affect where I want to play. I’m still committed.”
In a few weeks, he’ll have a chance to experience the atmosphere at a game in Fayetteville. Harris is taking his official visit to Arkansas Oct. 24-25 for the Auburn game.
It was a matchup he expected to be much different at the point of the year.
“When I watched both teams in the spring, I thought it was going to be a big game, so I picked it (for my official visit),” Harris said. “I see that Auburn is struggling and Arkansas is struggling, too, so it should be interesting.”
The visit will also give him a opportunity to see the rest of the campus and facilities that he didn’t see when he was in Fayetteville for the spring Red-White game.
As a linebacker, Harris has kept an eye on the Razorbacks’ defense through the first four weeks.
“I see them progressing,” Harris said. “They’re young on that side of the ball. They need to correct some things, but I think they’re going to.”
Harris has a quartet of coaches keeping in touch with him: head coach Bret Bielema, defensive coordinator Robb Smith, linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and wide receivers coach/his main recruiter Michael Smith.
Not only have they been telling Harris that he will help the team next year, but that he would help if he could somehow join the program this season.
“Coach Smith, the DC, he’s always telling me that he wished I could suit up this year and they really need me, because they have no depth at linebacker and that’s their weakest spot right now,” Harris said. “He says I’ll be a big part of his defense next year and contribute.”
Until then, Harris will continue helping his high school team in any way he can.
Because of an injury to the Patriots’ starting quarterback, Harris has been asked to play more offense than defense. He has seen action at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
“I like playing on offense,” Harris said. “I like having the ball in my hands and making plays.”