Cats likely to sign JuCo All-American

Kentucky appears to have secured a verbal from junior college standout Jermaine Harris...

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Kentucky expects to receive final confirmation of a verbal commitment from a junior college All-American later this week.

Jermaine Harris, a free safety from Georgia Military College, was one of several players to make an official visit this past weekend. Afterwards, he told the UK staff he expects to sign with the Cats in December.

"I think it's pretty much a done deal," Georgia Military coach Bert Williams said. "He loved everything about Kentucky, felt like it was the perfect fit for him. But his father didn't get to make the trip with him, so I think they want to get an in-home visit just to make sure about things."

Williams said Harris was extremely impressed by the coaching staff and facilities at UK. He also praised the recruiting job done by the Cats' Chris Lancaster.

"Jermaine was really impressed with Chris," he said. "They formed a good relationship."

Harris (6-4, 205, 4.5) helped lead Georgia Military to an 11-0 record and the NJCAA national championship. He finished with 45 tackles and four interceptions to earn All-American honors and garner attention from the likes of UK, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

"He was our leader on defense," Williams said. "He was like having another coach out there, setting the defense up every snap.  He made all the adjustments for motion, trips, all that kind of stuff. I think that's something that Kentucky really liked. Not only was he a great physical player, but he had all the intangibles, the smarts, the work ethic and desire."

Harris is considered equally adept against the run and pass (he had two key pass break-ups to help GMC clinch the national title in its bowl game), but carries the main reputation as a hard-hitter in the secondary.

"He's got that big body, and he's not afraid to use it," Williams said. "He comes downhill and will mix it up with anybody."

Harris also comes from an extremely athletic family. His father was a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech, and his uncle is former Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris.


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