"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.
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.