The University of Texas Longhorns have put themselves in a great position to land 4-star safety Marcell Harris, but now they have to close the deal and prove to the talented corner that their program is the perfect fit.
According to quotes from Harris' father, via Jason Suchomel of OrangeBloods.com, Texas really impressed the safety during his recent visit:
"The impressions are from the atmosphere, the facilities, the help that they have academically," Mr. Harris said. "It's the life after football. Coach (Duane) Akina and coach Mack Brown, both of them are pretty stand-up about everything."
Bringing in a 4-star talent like Harris would be huge for the Longhorns, as he would be a big addition to an already pretty impressive 2013 class. It's a class that's already looking good defensively, mind you.
The Longhorns have brought in five defensive commits so far, including 5-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, so getting a commit from one of the best safeties in the country would really help put Mack Brown's 2013 class on the map.
Harris would be an incredible asset as a safety for Texas. He displays good quickness and closing speed against the pass, and he appears to be a natural ball hawk. He also shows great downhill speed and aggressiveness when it comes to filling the gap and playing strong against the run at the line of scrimmage.
This is a kid Brown and the Longhorns need to close on.
What do they have going for them?
It goes without saying that Texas is one of the most prestigious football programs in the country, and it's coached by one of the best in Brown. The Longhorns are also threats to win the Big 12 each and every season.
There's also the fact that the Big 12 features a lot of spread teams, so that plus roster turnover should make it easier to get Harris on the field, according to his father (via Suchomel's report):
"We just want the best situation regardless of where it is. All the schools he's looking at are very good. He wants the best opportunity to play. He wants to play early. Texas gives him that opportunity," Mr. Harris said. "(Kenny) Vaccaro graduates. You can't say anybody is going to step on campus and start, but they have upperclassmen at his position that will be leaving. And the schemes that they play, they play more spread offenses, so they have to keep five or six DBs on the field probably 75 percent of the time. I think that's beneficial also."
Finally, there is the defensive class Brown is building.
Harris would have the chance to feature in the defensive backfield with a player like Robinson causing havoc on the defensive line. Great defensive linemen make safeties and corners even better, and a ball hawk like Harris could put up huge numbers in that situation.
There's truly not a lot to dislike about the Texas Longhorns football program if you're a prospect (unless you happen to be an Oklahoma fan), and this apparent good visit is a great start.
The interest is there, and the Longhorns could really use a defensive presence like Harris, so they need to close this deal.