Ian Harris: Third Time's a Charm

It didn't take long for Ian Harris to pull the trigger when Texas offered him a scholarship. The San Antonio Churchill tight end talked about why he made the switch and shed some light as to how he will be used in the Longhorn offense.

Ian Harris was being recruited by the Longhorns pretty heavily early in the recruiting process. He attended about four or five football games during his junior year and attended Texas' junior day. When things calmed down a bit, Harris decided to commit to Nebraska back in June. When November rolled around, he decided to part ways with the Cornhuskers and committed to Missouri. When Texas jumped back in the race earlier this month, Harris couldn't refuse the opportunity to play close to home.

"Me and Coach Kennedy had been in contact for a while. They offered me a scholarship about four days ago, and I accepted yesterday," Ian Harris told Inside Texas. "I told him that it was the best decision for me and my family. He told me that he was excited that I had decided to become a Longhorn and to get in touch with the Missouri coaches right away. So, that is what I did."

There were a number of different factors that played in to Harris' decision to make the switch, but the biggest reason was location.

"It was more of a family decision," Harris said. "It was best for location. It won't be a hassle for my parents to get out to games."

Harris met a couple of his future teammates when he competed in the U.S. Army All-American Game earlier this month. The future Longhorns were excited to hear that Harris is on his way to Austin.

"Yes sir, I got a chance to talk to Tray (Allen), Blaine Irby, Curtis Brown and Christian Scott, the new recruit that they just got. All of those guys were real excited when they heard the news," Harris said.

The Longhorns haven't quite "gotten" Scott just yet, but the Dallas Skyline safety enjoyed his visit to Austin this past weekend and his official decision could come this week when Mack Brown pays an in-home visit.

With the addition of Harris, Texas now has in their hands three extremely talented tight end prospects. Harris, Irby and Ahmard Howard are already drawing comparisons to two former Texas tight ends that now play on Sundays.

"They plan on using us kind of similar to how they used David Thomas and Bo Scaife," Harris said.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Harris is ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 24 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.

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