Out of State DB Has UM in Top 2

While most of the defensive backs on the current roster are from inside the state of Florida, the UM coaches occasionally leave state. Ed Reed is just one example, as the coaches are hoping that Carlos Armour becomes that type of player here someday.

Hamden (Conn.) Hyde Leadership standout cornerback Willie Harriott will be one of the most heavily recruited defensive backs in the Northeast region this season. At 5-9 1/2 and 175 pounds, Harriott is coming off a big junior season. While playing wide receiver, he had 800 yards and 16 touchdowns, as well as five on the ground.

Harriott, who carries a 3.3 GPA, has plenty of speed. He has competed at nationals for track, where he once ran a 6.48/55m. "I've gotten a 4.30 before, like at Florida State last summer," Harriott said.

Speaking of FSU, they're just one of many programs that have been showing interest.

"I have 11 scholarship offers right now," he said. "Virginia Tech, Syracuse, there are a bunch of them. The two that I want the most are Miami and Florida State. They're the main ones I'm looking at right now. I really would like to play college football in Florida. It's crazy how they play down there."

The talented defender talked more about both programs.

"They're about the same to me," he said. "I went to Florida State's camp and loved it. They have a great program and everything. At Miami, I like the speed. I like competition and I know they send a lot of DBs to the NFL. That's what I want to be around."

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