"They've told me that I can come out and start right away," said Harris, a junior college running back from California. "They said that they had two guys leave and all they have is a walk-on and a true freshman."
Hawkeye Assistant Eric Johnson recently traveled to Southwestern College to meet with Harris. Iowa offered him a scholarship on Thursday.
"Early playing time is important," said Harris, who retains two years of eligibility. "The most important thing to me is the school's graduation rate. What do they do to help you earn a degree?"
Harris, who plans to study business management at his next school, has narrowed his choices to Cincinnati (official visit this weekend), Colorado State (official visit next weekend), and Iowa (official visit next weekend). His coaches also sent his transcript to California on Friday upon requests from the Bears coaches.
"I don't know how much interest I have (in Cal)," Harris said. "The plan all along was to get out of California. But it's a good program. I need to at least hear what they have to say."
Harris said that right now Cincinnati is his leader with Colorado State in second.
"They're above Iowa because they've been with me longer," Harris said. "Cincinnati has been with me since the spring after my first season. They've believed in me for a long time."
Harris said that Colorado State began recruiting in the summer of 2010. He first heard from Iowa this week, he said.
"I think I can bring athleticism to the program I go to," the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder said. " I can do anything the coach wants me to do - kick return, punt return, run, catch. Coach (Ed) Carberry (at Southwestern) has really prepared me well."