Harris Invests in Iowa

Donavon Harris traveled half way across the country to attended Iowa's junior day last weekend. The New Jersey defensive back talked about the stop and where he stands with the Hawkeyes.

Athletes drove long distances to attend Iowa's junior day last weekend. Donavon Harris went one step farther.

Harris, who plays for the Hun School in Princeton, N.J., flew to the Midwest from Philadelphia at his expense to check out the Hawkeyes.

"I've been talking to Coach (Chris) White since the spring and he seemed really interested," the 5-foot-11, 173-pound Harris said. "I've been receiving mail from them all throughout the year. We just thought it was about time to take it to the next step and try to go to their junior day and see what happens from there."

Iowa is recruiting Harris as a defensive back although he does much of his damage at the Hun School from a dual-threat quarterback position.

"Coach (Phil) Parker is big on leverage and getting to the ball," Harris said. "They had a lot of interceptions this past year and a few years back. They're go-getters for the ball. They love to fly to the ball. They definitely can tackle. I think that's what I can do. I can tackle very well and cover."

Harris and his family arrived in Iowa City on Friday and spent time in the town before the football event the following day.

"It reminded me of the Princeton area a little bit," Harris said. "The downtown was real nice, a lot of shops on the street and people walking around. The environment is just nice."

Harris said he received an understanding for what it is like being an Iowa football player when current Hawkeyes spoke to the recruits in a group setting.

"They talked about the stability with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Harris aid. "The players trust one another. That's big. It's a friendly campus. They have no professional team. All they know about is college football, Iowa Hawkeye football. That's great."

White laid out for Harris how the Hawkeyes feel about him.

"Coach White was telling me that the next step is for him to come in the spring when we have early-morning workouts," Harris said. "That's how he found me last year and took my information down. He's going to come again this year. We'll go on from that point."

Harris reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. He plans to visit the University of Pennsylvania's junior day on Feb. 22 and also is looking at trips to Yale and Cornell.

"Now that these Ivy League schools are contacting me, I've got keep my grades up," Harris joked. "I think that's a plus. My grades are pretty good. Schools won't have to worry about my grades."

Harris is leaning towards a business major with a focus on sports management.


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