Arizona pledge recaps second trip to Boulder

Jalen Harris took an unofficial visit to Colorado in late July, and despite the fact he gave a commitment to Arizona in early August, the explosive pass rusher decided to take an official trip out to Boulder last weekend.

“You only go through this process once so you have to make sure you are making the best choice, make sure you have no regrets,” Harris said of his decision to visit the Buffaloes.

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Brett Tonz, who also hails from the Grand Canyon State, served as his player host for the weekend.

“It was a great weekend, I really enjoyed myself,” Harris said. “I got to meet some of the commits and talk to them. I learned more about the academics by meeting with some of the professors. That was a big deal. They care about their academics a lot.

“I also got to watch the team practice and see how the coaches interact with the players and see all the drills they do. My host said he really likes it there and he is glad he made that choice.”

A two-way standout at the prep level, Harris is being recruited by both Colorado and Arizona as an outside linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is not sure yet if he will take any more official visits after the dead period in January.

“I am still committed to U-of-A right now,” Harris said. “It is close to home and I have built a great relationship with the coaching staff there. They were the first to offer me and they have continued to aggressively come after me even though I am already committed.”

His father Sean Harris, who accompanied him on his trip to Boulder, was an All-American middle linebacker at Arizona in the early 1990s.

The younger Harris earned all-state honors after recording nine sacks and 15 hurries in nine games as a senior. He  was credited with 17-and-a-half sacks in 2015.

“I get off the ball quickly, I have a good motor and I like to hit the quarterback. I am competitive,” he said.

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