Brandon Harris, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound five star cornerback from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., just returned from an official visit to the local favorite Miami (Jan. 25).
His player host was sophomore running back Javarris James. "The visit went real well," Harris said. "I give it a high rating. It was really cool. I'm from Miami so I know a lot about Miami already.
"It was great just getting to know the players and coaches better," he said. "That's what surprised me the most. They really have put together a family atmosphere there and the coaches and players talk about everything. They really look out for each other and do things together.
"I also like coach Randy Shannon and this recruiting class is a really major step for him and for getting the program back to where they used to be."
Harris, ranked as the No. 5 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader while favoring the 'Canes, Florida, Ohio State, LSU and Central Florida. He visited the Gators on Sept. 25, LSU on Oct. 6 and Ohio State on Jan. 11.
"Ohio State was real different," he said. "That was my first time to Columbus and I had to make the adjustment to the weather because it was cold, but it wasn't too bad. It wasn't snowing or anything.
"Columbus is a small college town and it's very different from Miami," he said. "People love Miami around here, but it's a big city and there's a lot to do. In Columbus everything revolves around Ohio State. It's pretty cool.
"I also like coach Jim Tressel and he's a really nice guy," he said. "He has high expectations for the team week in and week out and they take a lot of pride in that."
Harris watched the Buckeyes take on LSU for the national championship, but says he wasn't rooting for either team. "It was a great game, but I wasn't cheering for anybody," he said. "LSU had a great season and they showed they can win the big game. They'll be on top for a while."
On Feb. 2, Harris will take his final official visit to Central Florida. "I've been there before and I like the campus and everything," he said. "I just need to go talk to the coaches one more time and get to know the players a bit better.
"I don't have a leader right now," he said. "I wish I knew, but it's really tough. My main thing is to find a place where I feel at home and where it's a family. I kind of feel that at all these schools."
Harris will announce his decision during a high school press conference on signing day.
He reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 880 SAT/20 ACT.