Scout's 27th-ranked offensive guard out of the South and Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee standout, Demetris Harris, has opted to turn down a tempting offer from the Houston Cougars and stay in the Sunshine State for his 4-5 years on the collegiate level.
Harris, who previously made a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech, just went public with his decision with National Signing Day in full swing all across the country.
"I'm going with USF," Harris told Scout. "I loved the atmosphere, the vibe, the players, the American Athletic Conference.
"Also, the relationship with one of the coaches with him being from my high school. Growing up a Florida fan, watching coach Strong, and now being able to play for him is unbelievable."
Harris, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, is a rugged interior offensive lineman that's at his best when locking onto his opponent in the run game. He can continue to work on his pad level and flexibility, but flashes impressive drive-blocking ability and is always on the lookout for contact.
Harris is also a high-character young man that takes well to coaching and picks things up quickly. He's not the most explosive guard across the map, but really makes up for it with his intelligence, motor and tenacity.
"They can look for me to go out there and maintain the winning tradition and win championships," Harris said.
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