Harris has Buffs in top six

2017 three-star defensive prospect Jalen Harris recently narrowed his list to six colleges with the Colorado Buffaloes making the cut. The Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) High School prospect hopes to visit Boulder later this month for the Buffs’ barbecue.

“Good, it’s been nice,” the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Jalen Harris said when asked how his CU recruitment is going.

“I’ve been talking to [CU assistant] coach [Gary] Bernardi for awhile now. They like my speed and I’d be the 3-4 outside linebacker. I’d be a really good fit in their scheme.”


The Buffs got the chance to get more acquainted with the Desert Ridge product earlier this summer. Harris spent time at CU’s Arizona camp meeting and greeting the coaches.

“I actually talked to them at the Colorado camp, they had a satellite camp up here, I talked to them then. That’s when I picked up the offer,” Harris said.

“They just wanted to see me because coach Bernardi was the only one who had seen me. I just showed up, got to meet a lot of the coaches and stuff, I didn’t participate in it.”

The 2017 three-star noted that CU head coach Mike MacIntyre spoke about Harris being a strong fit with the Buffs. MacIntyre’s resume impressed the Arizona prep standout.

“He’s a high level coach, he’s coached in the NFL so he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a real good dude,” Harris continued on MacIntyre.

The Harris family has known coach Bernardi – a longtime traveler of the recruiting highway -- for many years. Harris’ father, Sean, was a standout linebacker at Arizona before a stint in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.

“He’s a good dude, I like him. He coached against my dad,” Harris continued on Bernardi

“My dad played at UofA [Arizona]. I have an offer from them too, that was my first offer. It’s a really good school. Their program, I know they really want me, they have a lot of interest in me.”

Another Pac-12 top dog is in the hunt to land the three-star defender. Oregon has been in contact with Harris early and often.

“[Oregon] wanted me to start out as a SAM backer, once I put on weight move down to D-end. The coaching staff was real cool, down to Earth. I like coach [H.J.] Cohn, [Don] Pellum, [Mark] Helfrich, coach [Brady] Hoke … real cool people,” Harris said of the Ducks.

At this point Harris isn’t looking to land offers. He’d prefer to sort things out with the six remaining schools. Harris said he’s fairly open to the six remaining suitors and there are no favorites to land his signature. The 2017 prospect is hitting the weights this summer, looking for a big senior year at Desert Ridge.

“Just trying to stay in the weight room so I’m a stronger person. Put on more weight,” Harris said of offseason goals.

If the Buffs find a way to talk Harris into packing his bags for Boulder, they’d make inroads with another prospect from the same family. Jason Harris is an incoming freshman at Desert Ridge and the 2020 hopeful has already been measured at 6-foot-6, 200-pounds, per Scout’s Arizona State affiliate.

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