With over 20 offers, Brandon Harris, the 5-foot-10, 175 pound cornerback from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., is being courted by Florida, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, LSU, Pittsburgh, Ole Miss and Miami. All have offered in writing with the exception of the Trojans and the Tigers, who have both offered verbally.
“I’m still not ready to narrow things down,” Harris said. “Right now things stand the same. Miami, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio State, USC, LSU and Tennessee are my top picks, but I don’t have a favorite yet.
“My plan is to sit down with my family in June and weigh out all the offers and start looking at the different schools a little more closely. I want to get it down to my top five by next month.”
“The biggest thing is depth for me,” said Scout.com's No. 34 prospect in the South. “I know wherever I go, I really want to play early. The coaching staff is another big thing. It’s going to be four years of my life, so it’s important that I feel comfortable with the coaches and that I feel that everything is stable.
“The conference is very important. A good conference gets a lot of exposure and that’s really big for the draft. I want to go somewhere that is competitive and that will help me get to the next level.”
Harris said Florida, Miami and Central Florida have been recruiting him the hardest. “Central Florida is really recruiting me hard. I know the Florida schools the best since I’m from here. I live ten minutes away from Miami but I’m not worried about distance. It would be great to play close to home, but if there’s a better opportunity for me somewhere else, that’s where I’ll go.”
“I like Miami because they have great tradition,” Harris said. “They offered last summer. I like that they have a lot of guys go to the draft every year. They are known for that. They have a great young coaching staff too.
“I got Florida's offer last season, the middle of my junior year," he said. "When they won the championship, I was like ‘Wow, I have an offer from the national champs’. They coaching staff is top-notch. I really like the facilities there and the campus is gorgeous.
“West Virginia has a great coaching staff. I had a chance to meet with them and we really hit it off. Coach (Rich) Rodriguez is a great coach and he’s really building something special there. It would be great to be a part of that.
“I like USC a lot too,” Harris said. “They are just one of those teams you dream about playing for. There is just so much talent there. It would be amazing to play in that stadium in front of 90,000 fans every week. Coach (Todd) McNair (running backs) was at my school last week and told my coach that I should expect to see the offer in the mail soon. I haven’t got it yet, but it’s only been a few days.
“I like LSU and Tennessee because it would be great to play in the SEC. They both play great teams that are pretty good match-ups. I know I’d be challenged at either school. I really like the LSU defense. I think I’d fit in good there. They play a lot of man-to-man. I talked to Coach (Les) Miles and he told me how much they want me there and that an offer was on its way.
“Tennessee is a big-time program too,” he added. “They get a lot of exposure and are on TV all the time. They are always at the top every season. They are a winning program for sure. Tennessee was the first to offer me my sophomore year. That means a lot.
“I like Ohio State. They’re another big one. I got their offer earlier this month. I had a chance to talk to Coach (Paul) Haynes (safeties). I called him after I got the offer. We had a great talk about the defense and how he saw me fitting in there.”
Harris says he definitely plans on taking all of his official visits, but he’s not sure when or where as of yet. “I’m not sure yet where I want to visit. I’ve got to talk with my parents and my coach about that. I think if USC invited me, I’d go there since it is so far away. But, I’m not sure of anywhere else.
“I’m going to commit by December,” Harris said. “I’m going to take this summer to really start focusing on everything. I know I’m going to do it before Signing Day.
“My biggest strength is my competitiveness. I’m can take anyone on, I’m not afraid to compete. When I get on that field, I’ve come to play ball and nothing stands in my way.
“I need to work on the little things,” he added. “My technique, my back-peddling, coming out of the route…stuff like that.”
Harris benches 230 pounds, squats 315 and power cleans 225.
Harris reports a 3.68 core GPA, an 880 SAT and a 20 ACT.