Harris Solidifies His Commitment

Duarte (Calif.) offensive tackle Mike Harris used his official visit to solidify his commitment to UCLA, which had been a soft verbal, and gives the Bruins their eighth commitment in the class of 2007...

After giving UCLA a soft verbal late last month, Duarte (Calif.) offensive tackle Mike Harris (6-5, 305), firmed up his commitment to the Bruins.

"Coach (Karl) Dorrell said they're not going to greyshirt me, so I was like, heck yes, I'm committed," said Harris. "We had our meeting and he came up to me and said he was going to give me a scholarship for this fall, so I told him I was committing. If they weren't going to offer me a scholarship (for this fall), I would have thought about it more between greyshirting and going to Arizona. But now I'm 100%. I'm going to be a Bruin."

Harris had offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Mississippi, San Diego State and Fresno State, but a lifelong dream to play for UCLA outweighed any of those.

"It's like a dream come true. I always wanted to play for UCLA. Duarte has never had a player go to UCLA, so that's cool," said Harris. "I know that Arizona is going to try and recruit me but I'll tell them tomorrow that I'm going to UCLA."

Harris was hosted on his official visit by freshman offensive lineman Brandon Bennett, who also happens to be a relative.

"He is my cousin and since he's part of the my family, it seemed better to be with him," said Harris. "It's kind of cool. I can't wait to be there."

Harris said that his relationship with offensive line coach Jim Colletto also played a role in his decision to choose the Bruins.

"Coach Colletto, he was always there for me, and showing me the ropes," said Harris. "Since he is my position coach, I relate a lot to him."

Instead of taking the fall off and enrolling in the winter, Harris said his mindset is changing now that he'll report in August.

"They said that I can compete for playing time with my size and my physique," said Harris. "I know I have to work hard, but they're going to let me come in and I'll definitely be competing for some playing time."

Harris and his Duarte teammates saw their season come to an end against Verbum Dei, where his future teammate Akeem Ayers played.

"I'm definitely happy he's on my side now," said Harris. final."

Academically, Harris is in great shape, sporting a 3.85 GPA and scoring a 1330 on the SAT.

Harris is the eighth commitment for UCLA in the class of 2007.

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