New Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin knew when he got to College Station, he needed to add speed to the roster. He did just that on Monday night when four-star defensive back and former Oklahoma commit De'Vante Harris announced his commitment to the Aggies after a trip to College Station this weekend.
"I just committed to Texas A&M," said Harris early Monday evening via text message.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound cover corner from Mesquite Horn High School in the Dallas Metroplex had been committed to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners since last April, but he decided to decommit and open up his recruitment shortly after the UnderArmour All-Star Game a couple of weeks ago.
With that news, programs such as Ohio State, Oregon, and Nebraska among others offered the highly-touted defensive back immediately and jockeyed for position to get him on-campus. But the Aggies team offered Harris a few days later and squarely jumped into the mix.
Not only did Harris know several nationally-rated Texas A&M commits from various all-star events, but his father Rod starred as a wide receiver for the Aggies in the 1980's Jackie Sherrill era before going on to a 10 year pro career in the NFL and CFL. Thus, Harris canceled his scheduled visit to Oregon and instead traveled to College Station for a big recruiting weekend at Texas A&M.
Several recruits mentioned that Harris was close to committing on his visit, but the speedster decided to go home and talk it over with his family before deciding to make it official Monday evening. In an interview from last week, Harris indicated he has been clocked at 4.27 hand-timed in the forty and 4.40 laser-timed. But Harris says his strengths as a football player go far beyond his natural speed.
"I was 5-foot-2, 92 pounds as a freshman so the coaches had to design plays like screens and reverses to get me the ball in space so I could use my speed and quickness," Harris said. "Being so small, I had to learn to play with an attitude. I call it my 6-foot-2 swagger."
As he grew, Harris moved to cornerback and has only been playing the position for a couple of years and he says the improvement from his junior season to his senior year was like night and day.
"As a junior, I really didn't know what I was doing as far as technique and positioning," Harris said. "But as a senior, I started studying the position. I've become more instinctive and knowledgeable about what's happening on the field. Add in my mental toughness I had to develop as a younger player and it all came together this season."
Harris will now take his talents to the collegiate level playing for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies in the SEC.
Harris Makes the Call
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