But following his visit to Louisville - a visit that Harris gave rave reviews, the No. 48 cornerback nationally now says the Cardinals have 'vaulted' up his list and he's seriously considering Strong's program.
"It was a great experience," Harris told InsideTheVille.com. "I was actually totally shocked and surprised with Louisville. Pretty much the whole day I was toured around by Coach Kenny Carter and I met my defensive back coach Coach [Vance] Bedford. We broke down film and watched film of some of their spring practices and the drills they focus on for sharp turns and getting quicker."
"The facilities, coaching staff, academic support," Harris said. "Everything was amazing.
"I'm definitely going to be up there again [for an official visit] with my parents because this time I came up with my coaches and some of my teammates," Harris added.
Harris, who has a 3.9 GPA, also came away impressed with Louisville's academic programs and the academic support provided to athletes.
"I had a great time with academic support," Harris said. "I wasn't really aware of the fact that Louisville was the first place where hand [replacement] surgery was done and I want to specialize in [medicine]. I thought that was amazing. They have tons of internships available to me."
Harris was impressed with Louisville's football program, too.
"The football facilities were amazing," Harris said. "I toured all the facilities, the indoor facility, the weight room. It seems like they have everything you need to win a BCS bowl game. They're just missing the players. It was a great experience and I loved it up there."
Prior to his visit to Louisville, Harris told Scout.com that Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Kentucky and Wake Forest comprised his Top 5. But Harris made an immediate change to that list after visiting the Cardinals.
"Take Wake Forest out and put Louisville in," said Harris, adding that his Top 5 had no order. "Definitely..Louisville is in my top five."
"When I took this visit I didn't think that Louisville was going to alter my Top 5 but they have," Harris said. "So I've got to go back to the drawing board and try to figure this out again. I'm pretty seriously considering Louisville because the way they came at me and how they put DB's in the league. When you go to college you have ambitions of making the NFL, but at the same time I'll be able to get a quality education at Louisville."
What's factors will help Harris make his college decision?
"[Coaching staff] stability and a college that wants me," Harris said. "I want to be able to pursue my academic interests without any problems from the coaching staff, but I also want to play for a team that is going to go to BCS bowls and be competitive in football."
Harris seems to believe Louisville fits his criteria for choosing a college and he's confident that Charlie Strong will again have Louisville competing for Big East titles.
"From what I've seen Louisville is an up and coming program," Harris said. "I have faith in the coaching staff that they're going to turn Louisville around and get them back like they were in the old days."
Strong's coaching staff informed Harris on his visit that he could play a major role in their rebuilding effort.
"They told me they want me to come in and just play and make an impact my freshman year," said Harris, who was joined by several 2012 teammates who Louisville is also looking at, including 6'5 defensive end Quintez Williams. "They said I'm the best corner that they're recruiting. So they're looking for me to come in and make an immediate impact."