Harris Gets UCLA Offer

Da'John Harris, the 6-4, 260-pounder from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, received a scholarship offer from UCLA last night, and the tight end/defensive lineman talked about his list of five favorite schools and a timeframe for a decision...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Da'John Harris (6-4, 260) received a written scholarship offer from the UCLA staff on Thursday.

"UCLA offered me in a typed letter," said Harris. "I didn't see what coach offered me, all I saw was ‘UCLA' and ‘offer' on there."

Harris said he was happy to receive an offer from UCLA, considering he's long held them in his top five despite the Bruins having been the only school among those five that hadn't offered.

The other schools rounding out that top five are USC, Miami, Nebraska and Michigan. Harris said that Washington and Arizona also still remain in the mix.

We had reported previously that Harris said USC was his leader, but when asked if that still held true, Harris changed his tune a bit. "I don't have a leader. They are all even," he said. "I like USC, but all my schools are even with each other."

On when he could make a decision, Harris said that, with all his favorites now having offered him, he's prepared to take his time with the decision. "I'm going to take all five trips, so I'm not even deciding soon," he said.

Harris said there is an outside possibility that he will take unofficial trips this summer to USC and UCLA, but that it's not likely, choosing to probably visit each school on official visits.

Harris was pleased that he'd received so much interest from the Pac-10. "All the Pac-10 schools but Stanford and Cal have offered me," said Harris. "Cal could be my next potential offer. I'm waiting to hear from them."

When the recruiting process started for Harris, he was getting recruited primarily as a tight end, especially after a strong performance working with the tight ends at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January. Then by spring, because of his size, college coaches began to look at him as a defensive tackle. Many now are recruiting him as just an "athlete."

"Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Harris said. "Some want me as a tight end, others want me at defensive tackle. UCLA offered me as a defensive end. It really doesn't matter what position I play, I just want to play. But I like defense."

Harris was busy this spring, going to the Scout.com Combine, the Stanford Nike Camp and USC Skills Camp. He was scheduled to attend the B2G Elite Football Program next weekend, but will likely take a pass, choosing to participate in Serra's passing league schedule instead.

As a junior, Harris had only 13 catches for 145 yards in a running offense, but on defense, had an all-Del-Rey-League season, recording 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a defensive end.

Academically, Harris said he has a 3.0 and will be retaking the SAT in the fall.


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