Marrero, La., John Ehret star and Arkansas commit De’Jon Harris was flattered by national champion Alabama’s late run at him, but it hasn’t changed his mind about where he will play his college football.
Harris (6-1, 238) – a three-star prospect with a five-star offer list - will do so for head coach Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks, who currently have 20 commits as Wednesday’s national signing date looms.
“I am 100 percent committed to Arkansas and I will sign with the Razorbacks at 8:30 on the morning national signing date,” Harris said Monday night. “It was nice that Alabama wanted me, but I am a man of my word and I have always felt comfortable with my decision to be a Razorback and I am even more so know.”
Harris committed to Arkansas back in May over Oregon, Arizona State and others while Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered on Dec. 17 after Harris had a phenomenal senior season.
Harris, who visited Oregon last fall, Arkansas on Jan. 22-24 and Alabama this past weekend, took over at quarterback when the starter went down and led his team to the state championship game.
“Arkansas was the best visit of all of my visits,” Harris said.
Harris rushed for 1,058 yards, passed for 495 yards, had 374 receiving yards and accounted for 23 touchdowns.
Harris also had 83 tackles, 14 for loss although he only played about half of his team’s snaps pm defense.
“I know the season and how I played was what really got Alabama’s attention,” Harris said. “Coach Saban told me on my visit that he wished he had seen my tape earlier because I was just the type of old-fashioned player he loves to have in his program, one that could play on offense and defense.
“The new defensive coordinator Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt had been recruiting me since he was at Georgia and made it clear that he wanted me on his side of the ball," Harris said.
“But Arkansas has been there with me from the start, loved me from day one and before I had this big season and I love Coach B. I love all the coaches and it’s that relationship that is the main thing for me.
“Alabama has won a lot of national championships, but it is too late to be throwing those at me when my heart is at Arkansas. I trust everything about Arkansas and every one there.”