Roswell (Ga.) cornerback Justus Harris has 16 offers on the table, but the playmaking defender is not favoring any schools. Instead, he is methodically weighing the pros and cons of each school with his mother.
The goal is to make the most educated decision without rushing through the process.
“As of right now, I'm evening the playing field for the options I have. I'm really just breaking it down to who I talk to the most, (and) the bond I have with the coaches,” Harris said.
His hefty list of offers includes Appalachian State, Colorado State, Harvard, Rutgers, UConn, and Vanderbilt. The Scarlet Knights are the only school to offer this fall; all others came before the start of his senior season.
Harris has no timetable on announcing a commitment. In waiting out the process, he also has not settled on scheduling any official visits. However, he hopes to visit a few schools that are recruiting him the hardest.
“Right now, Colorado State is, App State, Rutgers and Middle Tennessee. Those are the ones I talk to the most,” he said. “Just from talking to Colorado State, since they've offered me, it's been a strong relationship with them, and also the relationship with Rutgers and the App State coaches.
“I'm hoping to get out to Rutgers, Colorado State and App State. Really, I'm focusing on the season at this point, but I'm trying to figure out the best time possible to make it out to them.”
CSU tight ends coach Joe Cox has communicated regularly with Harris since the Rams offered in May. Cox stopped by Roswell last week during CSU's bye week to check in on Harris.
Cornerbacks coach Terry Fair and defensive graduate assistant George Helow have also held conversations with Harris. Colorado State's continual pursuit of Harris has stuck out to the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder.
“On a week-to-week basis, they call me to see how I'm doing, how I'm doing in school, what I have next in the season, mainly just checking up on me during the season to see how I feel.”
Harris does not hold recruiting favorites, but he did admit he appreciates what he has heard from CSU thus far.
“It's a good interest in them, to be honest,” Harris said. “With the opportunities they have, I'm trying to get out there sometime to see the place. It seems like a nice place, so I like them.”
The Rams have explained to Harris they could use him in their defensive backfield.
“They like how I can play on an island. They like how I play in man coverage very well. Even though if I'm not a tall or long cornerback, I can play as if I'm like that or play with that speed. It's the competitiveness they like.”
On the season, Harris has two interceptions in helping Roswell, one of the top teams in the country, to an undefeated 9-0 mark.