3-Star DB takes in visit to Ole Miss

A.J. Harris made the trek from Madison (Ala.) to Oxford (Miss.) this past weekend. Friday the 6-foot-0, 180-pound defensive back will visit another of his top schools. A decision could come soon after.

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A.J. Harris out of Bob Jones high holds offers from FSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Michigan,. Missouri and several more but it looks like three could need him the most.

"I think Michigan, Ole Miss, and Tennessee have the biggest need for me after looking at their depth charts," Harris said. "I just visited Ole Miss over the weekend with my father, and I'm headed to Tennessee Friday. My decision will probably come at the end of July."

Scout's No. 42 rated safety filled us in on his visit to Oxford.

"I brought my father and LaBryan Ray over there with me. LaBryan goes to James Clemons but we grew up together. This was my third trip over there. I went to their camp last summer. That's when they offered me. I ran a 4.4 flat. They said they loved my athleticism and ball skills. I went back over there to see them play LSU this season, and we have been staying in touch every since."

Harris is rated by Scout as a safety but the Rebels have another position in mind.

"They like me at cornerback. I switched over to cornerback last summer. They said they liked my speed and ball skills. They said I could play safety or corner. They told me that I reminded them of Mike Hilton."

A.J. believes he has the skill set to play any of the defensive back positions.

"My hands are strong. I can rely jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage. I've become more physical. I have a really good vertical too so I excel against the jump balls."

The 3-Star was named 1st Team All-State in class 7A as a junior. His speed allowed him to excel in track as well.

"I came in 2nd place in the State-Finals in the 100 meter run. My best time was 10.7 flat this season."

Ole Miss' trip this weekend certainly keeps their cause.

"I had a great time. They didn't make me participate in the camp because they said they already knew what I could do. I got a chance to tour the school and talk to their academic advisors in the Business school. I'm not going anywhere unless they have a great Business Management program. I really liked what they had to offer at Ole Miss."

What new did he want to learn about the Rebels that he didn't get to find out about on his prior two trips?

"I wanted to know what their stipend is and basically the players living situation. They get around 500.00 a month. That's about what Alabama gives you. Their freshmen stay in a coed dorm. Their sophomore year they get to decide if they want to move in an apartment or you can stay in the dorms. Their dorms were first class. It was nice."

The football aspect of Ole Miss was learned as well.

"I got to see how their players workout and what their schedule is like. I observed how their coaches and players mingle together. I've been watching that on my past visits. That's what has really stood out about Ole Miss the most to me. I like how the players hangout together. When you are off for the weekend or something they are always together at the player's apartments or their football facility. They have a barber at their facility named Blessed Hands. He cuts everyone hair. Everybody just sits around and talks and chats and keeps it real. Like I said, their players are really close over there. It has a great vibe.

What else stands out about Ole Miss?

"You get great coaching at Ole Miss, and I think I can get some playing time. They have some corners who are graduating this year."

Tennessee has a need for defensive backs as well.

"The biggest thing with Tennessee is playing time. I went to their camp, but I've never got a chance to see the school. I will know more about Tennessee after I take my visit there Friday."

Michigan has made a push in the south this year. A.J. is one of the players they are pushing.

"I went over there during my spring break. Everything really stood out up there. They have a nice campus, and their coaches love their players."

When it does come down to decision time two issues will be looked at heavily.

"I'm going to look at their depth charts and business management programs. That's what it will come down too."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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