Brendon Harris went from having Tennessee in his top 3 a month ago to placing the Orange & White at No. 1 on Friday, giving coach Butch Jones and the staff a verbal commitment.
The Baylor (Tenn.) School defensive back told IT that Tennessee coaches hit him up almost daily with first-year Vols defensive backs coach Charlton Warren being on Harris the most.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder chose Tennessee over offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and South Carolina.
Harris, who has started to befriend Tennessee safeties Todd Kelly Jr. and Nigel Warrior, made several trips up Interstate-75 in the winter and spring, taking advantage of junior day invitations as well as watching practices.
“It’s a fun place, he loves it —the fan base, the coaches, everything about it,” said Harris of what Kelly passes along to him regarding Big Orange Country.
Getting to observe a scrimmage in April showed the future Volunteer what workouts on Rocky Top look like.
“I liked what I saw of it,” said Harris immediately following that visit.
“That was a good scrimmage. I liked the pace that they play at. It was just good.”
The commitment from the Scout four-star prospect pushes Tennessee up to No. 10 in the Scout national recruiting rankings. He gives them 10 pledges for the 2018 class with six of those coming from the Volunteer State. He joins Knoxville’s Cade Mays and Manchester’s Alontae Taylor as Scout 300 members pledged to the Big Orange.
In 2016, Harris totaled 76 tackles and five interceptions. He took part in The Opening Atlanta but testing results were made unavailable. He projects and is being recruited by Tennessee to play safety.
Harris participates on the Baylor track team, running 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. He does not have plans to enroll in college in January.