Gators Depth Chart Intrigues Harris

Brandon Harris is one of the top cover corners in the state of Florida. The Miami Booker T. Washington star stands 5-10, 180-pounds. Harris shows great flexibility and instincts that are making him a recruiting priority for Florida, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Wisconsin as well as 15 other schools.

"Recruiting is going great right now," Brandon Harris said. "The process is starting to get heated between schools. A lot of people are coming at me with offers trying to get me to jump on them early in the process. Right now though I would say that Florida and Miami are definitely recruiting me the hardest."

Harris was in the middle of a three-day camp at the University of Miami when I caught up with him.

"It has been a lot of fun," he said. "I have been going up against players from all over the country like Texas, Georgia and Louisiana. I am having a great time measuring my talents against some of the best competition around."

Harris was up to the task as he took home the MVP Honors at the first Randy Shannon Football Camp.

Harris is coming off a very impressive junior season on both sides of the ball. On offense, he had 38 catches for 705 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 42 tackles, four sacks, six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and added three kick off returns touchdowns as well. Harris started his senior season on the right foot with another interception returned for a touchdown, this time against Dillard High School and wide receiver Harry Adams.

"It was third and long," Harris said. "They had run the ball on the previous two plays so I knew they were going to try and get the ball into the hands of their playmaker (Harry Adams). I read the linemen and Adams was out wide so I could tell he was coming back inside for the slant. When I saw the slant developing and read the quarterback's eyes I jumped the route and held on for the score."

Defensively, Booker T. Washington is loaded with players like corner back Brandon Harris, strong safety Franklin Brown (6-0 and 180-pounds) and defensive end Jonathan Jackson (6-3 and 225-pounds). Booker T. Washington allowed only 70 yards in the first half against Dillard.

"I think the biggest part of our success is our offense," he said. "We go against our offense everyday in practice and we have one of the top offenses in the nation. Going against those players with that speed and their ability to run and throw the ball prepares us for when we get in the game. Practicing each and everyday against those players makes it so much easier for us once we get to the games. The games are simple for us and its over for the opponent."

Harris spoke about the opportunity at Florida. "Coach Doc Holliday is recruiting me for the University of Florida. I like the depth situation at my position. It is a huge opportunity with them being low at the cornerback spot. I would be able to come in right away and have a chance to play. Not saying that I would not have to come in and work and compete but I could step in right away and have a chance to compete for an opportunity."

Former Gator great Ben Hanks is an assistant coach with Booker T. Washington. Harris is trying to take advantage of the knowledge that Coach Hanks has about The University of Florida.

"I have asked him a few things about Florida as far as the school and academics and how they support athletics and its exciting to me to hear him talk about his school like that," Harris said. "He respects our decisions as players and he would not want to put us in a bad situation. He would not say UF is a good fit for us if it was not true."

On Meyer attending Booker T. Washington's first spring practice:

"The very first time that coaches were allowed to come to practice I saw Coach Urban Meyer. It was a real shock; I did not expect to see him so soon. When I saw him and coach Doc Holliday, I could not believe it. There were a whole bunch of scouts that day but he was the only head coach and they are the defending National Champs so you would expect him to be the last one to come but instead he was the first one that showed up, it meant a lot to me. It shows how hard he is working to bring in another special recruiting class. It made us feel real special because he feels so highly of us to take time out of his day to come all the way to Miami to watch us. It shows how much he respects our program and it shows good character on his part."

Harris went on to talk about some of the deciding factors.

"I am going to major in criminal justice and the academics to me will in the end be the most important factor besides touching the field," he said. "All the schools that I am considering have great academics. How effective my diploma will be from the school that I chose is the key. Currently I have a 3.68 grade point average and scored an 880 on the SAT and a 20 on the ACT."

Harris will be extremely busy over the summer; his schedule looks something like this:

After the Miami camp, he will attend another seven-on-seven passing camp again in the Miami area. The following week they are going to a full contact camp at Central Florida. That will be followed by a trip to New Jersey for a passing and individual camp at Rutgers and then back down to another seven-on-seven camp at Florida International. Harris will close with a passing camp at Bell Glades. He is trying to spend as much time with his teammates and build chemistry for another run at a state title.

On Friday Night Lights:

"Oh yeah, I heard about Friday Night Lights. If I get the information on the camp, I will make the trip for sure. Coach Holliday talked to me about that when I was at Florida for a visit. It sounds real exciting to me and I will not have a problem getting to that."

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