Marcell Harris Takes in Florida Camp

2013 safety Marcell Harris of Groveland South Lake is already one of the premiere safety prospects in his own recruiting class. The son of Gator Great Mike Harris, Marcell, spent some time this week on the very same practice fields at Florida that his dad did almost two decades ago. Harris talked about his camp experience.

At 6'-1.5" and 189 pounds and just entering the 11th grade, Marcell Harris has the physical build to be a big time safety. He showed up at camp in Florida on Friday and proved just how physical and talented he really was.

"I was at camp early in the morning," Harris said Friday evening by phone. "It went really well. I did well in the one-on-ones and the individual drills. This morning I ran the 40 really well. I've always been like a high 4.5 or 4.6 kid, so running a 4.52 is pretty decent.

There were weather issues on Friday so some of the camp activities on the field were cut short, but Harris was still able to prove himself.

"It kind of got rained out, so we couldn't do a lot of what we really wanted, but the skill drills and individual drills I did well with those," he said.

Travaris Robinson has been a player and camper favorite so far on head coach Will Muschamp's staff. The Florida defensive back coach has fun off the field, but most love it when he gets really serious on the playing field. Robinson was joined by Gator Great defensive back Marquand Manual in coaching the defensive backs.

"Coach T-Rob and Coach M&M were out there helping us," Harris said. "Coach T-Rob is a real cool guy, but when we are out there he wants to get the work done and we have to work real hard for him. He worked us hard today.

"He's a character and makes a slick comment that some people like and some people don't like. He's just a funny guy at times."

Harris said the Florida coaches made it very apparent that they wanted to get him on the practice field and be able to coach him up.

"They were waiting for me to come up there," he said. "They saw my film and liked what they saw. They were saying that they really liked how I look and they really need safeties. It was good for me to come up here and show them what I got.

"I have a verbal offer, and with hard work I should get a written one."

Despite the connection to Florida with his dad, Harris is going to spend some time in the recruiting process and check out the schools that show him interest.

"It's early but I am interested in any school that is interested in me," he said. "I am going out to see what they have to offer for me and see what happens.

"My dad is pushing for Florida, him being a Florida Gator and all. I like Texas and Florida right now along with Florida State. Tennessee just offered me the other day, so it would be good to go look at them.

"Tennessee, Temple, and Florida have offered. All the schools that offer me I will look them up and see what is going on."

The Temple Owls have been on Harris early and he has an offer already. Harris likes the respect he is getting from the Temple staff.

"Coach Sean Cronin came out this spring and really liked what he saw of me at practice," Harris said. "I will try and talk to the defensive back coach and see what is going on. I know it is a really good school and we'll see what happens."

SEC powerhouse Tennessee has made a move recently with Harris.

"They have always had a great program," he said. "I really like Eric Berry. I want to go up there one of these days this summer and see what they are like."

In-state power Florida State is also a big draw for the youngster and he has really grown to know defensive coordinator and defensive back coach Mark Stoops.

"Coach Stoops is a funny guy," Harris said. "He really expects a lot of you. It is all about building a championship team. He has a great resume and under him the DB's will be great."

Texas got an early visit as Harris was willing to make the long trip to check out the Longhorns.

"I went there last week to go visit Texas," he said. "They showed me a lot of love up there. Coach Akina was great and he showed me some film about what I would do if I came there and how great they would be in the future with me."

Harris has been traveling around and actually has just transferred schools and will play at South Lake. He has no issues with his former home, but really likes the new one.

"I transferred from West Orange to South Lake High School," Harris said. "It is great at my new school. I have a lot of good coaches that coach me very well and come out to these camps and coach as well. The school is great and all of the players click, we should be pretty good this year."

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