Jalen Harris said his time in Boulder exceeded his expectations. He talked to BuffStampede.com about his experience while waiting to board his flight home.
“I expected it to be an older town, for it not to look so nice, but it looks great. It is a great place,” Harris said of Colorado. “I was impressed by the facilities and I am thinking it is a good scheme for me.”
“[Buffs offensive line] coach [Gary] Bernardi showed me around and I got to talk to [defensive line] coach [Jim] Jeffcoat and [defensive coordinator and linebackers] coach [Jim] Leavitt," he added. "They want me to make the decision that is best for me but they would love to have me there. They think I would be a great fit in their system. They showed me how I would be used. I would be rushing the quarterback a lot, being able to impact the game that way.”
Harris does not have any more unofficial visits planned, and he might be close to making a commitment.
"Although I don't have a date in mind, I am hoping to do it (make a commitment) before the season," he explained. "I have visited every college in my top six but I still want to try to take my official visits."
That means even if Harris picks a college in August, that fanbase should not feel too comfortable until he is done with his official visits. What does Harris like about the other schools on his shortlist?
“Arizona was the first to offer. They have been recruiting me the hardest from the start,” he said. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff there in Tucson and my dad went there so I know a lot about their program.
“With Arizona State, they run a good scheme. They have led the nation in sacks so that is something I would definitely be looking at. Washington State has a good coaching staff and I like the scheme they are running there.
“Oregon State's coaches are really down to earth. [Head] coach [Gary] Andersen is definitely building something special there. And then with Oregon, their staff is going to be there quite a while and it is a very respected program. They win a lot of games.”
Harris was credited with 70 total tackles, including 17.5 sacks, in 14 games as a junior last season. He also had 50 receptions for 757 yards and five touchdowns on offense.
All of the programs in his top six are recruiting Harris for defense.
“I impact the game by getting after the quarterback,” he said. “I bring my all every day.”