The relationship between Brendon Harris and Tennessee coaches continues to strengthen.
The Baylor School defensive back took part in the first junior day of the recruiting cycle for the 2018 class Saturday, learning “just more about the coaches, how the coaching staff is off the field. They’re really friendly. I feel like I can just talk to the coaches about anything and let me know if I need anything, I can come to them. So they’re really reliable.”
Second-year Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and first-year defensive backs coach Charlton Warren got in Harris’ ear during the junior day.
“It was just really nice to talk to the coaches,” Harris said. “I spent the most time with coach Warren and coach Shoop. I can tell they really like me and really want me to come play at Tennessee.
“(Warren) came to my school and visited and we spoke briefly but this is my first time actually getting to have a conversation with him. We just talked mostly about opportunities that I would have at Tennessee because you do have a lot of options outside of football and how I would develop as a player.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder knows he’s a priority of Tennessee’s. One of Warren’s first calls after replacing Willie Martinez went to Harris.
“I’m their No. 1 prospect on the defensive side right now,” Harris said. “I like to hear that.”
The Chattanooga native is no stranger to Rocky Top after having visited at least three other times prior to Saturday.
“I’ll definitely consider coming to play at Tennessee,” Harris said. “My family would be able to come; it’s only an hour and 30 minutes away. I feel like I would be at home at Tennessee if I came up here and played. It would just be a great experience.
“I might have the chance to play early. I’ll be in-state, so my family could come and you really have a special thing here at Tennessee.”
Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Louisiana State are all programs the Scout four-star prospect is looking to visit soon.
Harris being able to play close to home and compete for a school right up Interstate-75 is a factor.
“That’s definitely a big pull because I could hit up my friends and family all the time to watch me come play for Tennessee,” the Scout No. 199-ranked player in the nation said. “I really want my family to be involved in this process. I want them to be able to come to the games and support me.”
A verbal commitment may be several months down the road.
“I kind of want to wait until after next college football season because I want to see how the year goes, how the teams do so I can get a feel for them,” said Harris, who’s the Volunteer State’s No. 1-ranked junior safety prospect.
“I want to see if any other school does anything to catch my attention or really impresses me because as of right now I’m really impressed with Tennessee.”
Look for the four-star defender to make a return trip to Knoxville in the near future.
“I will definitely be back for the spring, sit in on a meeting, get to see a practice and how it goes,” Harris said.