"My father is a Jacksonville policeman, and he was part of the team escort for West Virginia when they played in a couple of Gator Bowls," Korey Harris said. "When we were discussing all of the schools, he told me about the fun they had, and that they seemed to be a good program, so he was happy when I decided to commit."
Harris and his father discussed all of his offers and his current recruiting situation, and decided that West Virginia best fit his goals.
"I looked at their commit list and saw that they just had one defensive end there, and I thought that might give me a chance to play early," he said. "I would like to compete and play as a freshman or a redshirt freshman, and I think I have the chance to do that there."
Harris had offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati and North Carolina State among others, but his choice came down to WVU and Arkansas, a school that had not yet offered him. He decided not to wait, giving the Mountaineers his pledge before the start of his senior season.
"My commitment is solid," he said. "I'm not going to take any other visits. I am taking an official visit to West Virginia for the Marshall game."
With his college choice out of the way, Harris will now focus on improving his impressive numbers of a season ago. Playing in a 3-3-5 defense similar to WVU's, Harris had 47 tackles and 9.5 sacks as a junior while earning first team all-conference honors.
"I'm a pass rusher first, but I think I'm good at just finding the ball and getting to it," Harris said. "I have the same assignments in this defense as West Virginia's ends do."
At six feet, four inches and 235 pounds, Harris has the frame to fit the end slot, but will need to gain weight, as so many do, in order to compete in college.
"I think I can put on at least 20 or 25 pounds and play in college at around 260," he said.
Harris is the sixth Floridian to commit to West Virginia's 2012 class, and while he doesn't know any of the others personally, he said that the shared background might help ease any adjustment issues he has.
"At first, I didn't think having other players from Florida was important, but it will be good to have guys there that know about the same places I know," he said. I don't know Joe Jackson from First Coast personally, but he would know the same areas that I know, and having those guys coming in at the same time as me will be good."