The connection between Landry-Walker (New Orleans, Louisiana) High School cornerback Corione Harris and Kansas running back coach Tony Hull is much more than regional — it’s personal.
“Coach Hull has a lot to do with it,” Harris said about his commitment to the Jayhawks during last weekend’s Junior Day. “He’s been like a big brother to me. I would take his advice. He’s more than just a coach.
“They made me feel like family. I’m excited to see what we can do on the football field with the relationships we’ve built.”
Current teammate Devonta Jason also committed Saturday. They both will join former teammate Mike Lee, who earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Honorable Mention honors.
“Mike has told me what they do there in terms of practice routines, and how his experience has been,” Harris said.
The Jayhawks received six commitments Saturday, with five of them coming from Louisiana prospects.
“It was a really good feeling, to see all these New Orleans recruits in there on the same day,” Harris said. “It just built up through the day and ended with a great feeling.”
“I’m a Jayhawk,” Harris told Kansas coach David Beaty when they met toward the end of Junior Day.
“Whop (Landry-Walker teammate Devonta Jason) came out saying he’s a Jayhawk too. It just went on,” Harris said.
Beaty was happy with the decisions.
“He said he was really proud and he’s looking forward to the Jaycrew ‘18,” Harris said. “He believes big things can happen.”
Harris plays both quarterback and cornerback for Landry-Harris.
“Me going up there to the Jayhawks — I think I can open up the coaches’ playbook,” he said. “I’m a shutdown corner, and don’t really need any safety help. He can mix who he wants and what he wants, and can disguise the coverages.
“I’m looking forward to going against some of the best receivers in the country. I going to have to shut them down with my ability and athleticism.”
Harris said he hopes to improve his play in zone coverage, and will continue to get stronger and faster in his senior year at Landry-Walker. He said both he and Jason play to enroll early.
“We know it’s brought a lot of attention to the Kansas class of 2018, Jaycrew. We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “We know there’s going to be a lot of coaches out there who think they are going to get us to flip from Kansas. We’re just looking forward to saying that we’re going to stick. I’m ready for it.”