Da'John Harris: U-M Visit Makes It Real

Da'John (pronounced Day-John) Harris is a 5-star prospect and the top defensive lineman in the state of California. The Southern Californian surprised people a bit by scheduling an official visit to Michigan for last weekend's Central Michigan game. GoBlueWolverine caught up with Harris after football practice Monday evening.

Da'John Harris is a 6-4, 260 pound defensive end/tight end from Gardena, Calif. Junipero Serra. As a junior he was one of the top tight ends in the state, with 13 catches for 145 yards in a run-oriented offense, while on defense he recorded 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks from his end position. This past January Harris was named to the All-Combine Team at the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. In early May Harris had told Scout.com that, "You can put USC at No. 1. USC is my dream school and it's a great feeling to have an offer." And, "If Miami offered (which they soon did), they would probably move to No. 2." Now -- this past weekend made an unofficial visit to Michigan. Did the Wolverine catch up? GoBlueWolverine talked to Harris Monday evening after practice to find out.

How did the visit go?

"It was very interesting. I learned a lot more about the school. Michigan is a place I can really see myself playing at."

Did you watch the defensive line?

"Yeah, they were impressive. They were very physical, they really got on the ball good."

"And I even learned some things watching them at practice before the game. I learned things that I will use this season -- I used them today at practice."

So do you see yourself as a defensive lineman?

"Yes, I'll be a defensive lineman in college."

What was the best part of the visit for you?

"Probably the game, the Big House. And also the visit with 'the three coaches."

"Coach English, Coach Carr, and Coach Strip. Coach E and Coach Strip are both easy to get along with."

"I haven't talked to Coach E yet today. I just got home from practice. He and my dad have talked today though."

Then the talk turned to Michigan's game this Saturday.

"I hope they beat Notre Dame. The defensive line needs to pressure Brady Quinn."

"I think they'll be able to -- Quinn thinks he's a more mobile quarterback than he really is. He can deliver the ball on the money though -- he's almost like Tom Brady."

Did your visit raise Michigan in your eyes? Did it put Michigan up with USC and Miami for you?

"It actually did. I'm really now considering them ... I mean I was considering them before but I'd never been there. Now that I've been there it's different, it's real; I can really see myself playing there. Yeah, they're right up there."

Anything else that impressed you?

"Yes. The players. The players are nice, and easy to get along with. My host was James McKinney from Kentucky. I like James, he's a friendly guy, and we hung with most all of the players."

What is next for you as far as recruiting?

"I don't have any more official visits set up yet. I'll probably take my next one to Miami. And I might go to the USC-Nebraska game this weekend."

Do you have a list of top schools?

"I have a top five, sort've ... it's Miami, USC, Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon."

Do have a timetable for making a decision?

"It'll be late; I won't decide until after the season and I take all my visits."

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