It's Iowa for Harris

Iowa pushed hard for defensive ends in the 2014 recruiting cycle. The Hawkeyes picked up another one on Tuesday when New Jersey's Terrence Harris pulled the trigger for them.

Perhaps Chris White could sell snow to Eskimos. The Iowa assistant is doing a heck of a job gaining commitments from prospects that have never visited campus.

For the third time in this recruiting cycle, White landed a verbal pledge from an out-of-state player before he saw Iowa City. Tuesday, New Jersey defensive end Terrence Harris made the call for the Hawkeyes.

"You just have to follow your heart," said Harris, who hails from prep power Paramus Catholic.

Harris joined Maryland Defensive Back Omar Truitt and Texas Kicker Mick Ellis in committing to White prior to visiting the Big Ten school.

"He's just honest and I think he's a man of his word," the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Harris said. "I believe him."

Harris chose the Hawkeyes ahead of scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Massachusetts and Western Michigan. Indiana, NC State, Rutgers and Temple were among a group of schools showing him interest.

"I just love the (Iowa) program and feel like it's the best fit for me," Harris said. "I really like the coaches and the tradition they have out there."

Harris' high school teammate, Jabrill Peppers, the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the 2014 class, is headed to Michigan. There's a chance Peppers could also play offense with the Wolverines, allowing Harris a chance to take down the New Jersey state champion in the 100 and 200 meters.

Juwan Bushell-Beatty, a '14 offensive tackle from Paramus Catholic, also has verballed to Michigan. Harris might line up opposite him.

"Like I tell them in practice, it's all love," Harris said with a laugh.

Harris is somewhat of a late bloomer whose best football could be ahead of him. He currently is unranked by

"I didn't have a big sophomore year so I think that may have cost me in recruiting," Harris said. "But I have a strong love for the game and am determined to get better. I feel like I bring toughness and physicality to the field."

Harris said his mother, Kimberly Harris, supported her son's decision despite him moving halfway across the country from her.

"She understood my position in recruiting," Terrence said.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. A player can move off his pledge until signing a national letter of intent in February.

Harris, who plans to major in music, is expected to officially visit Iowa on Oct. 5.

"My commitment is solid," Harris said. "If things aren't as they were told to me when I get out there, then I'll be reconsidering but I don't see that happening."

Harris comes in at a position of need and he could see early playing time as a result.

"I want to get my degree and win a Big Ten Championship, maybe even a national championship," Harris said. "I'd also like to get nominated for defensive player of the year."

Harris is believed to be the 11th verbal commitment in Iowa's '14 class. Cedar Rapids Xavier's Matt  Nelson is the only other pledge projected as a defensive end.

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