4-star safety Marcell Harris has set his decision date, and as it stands, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas appear to have the best shot at the recruit from Orlando, Florida.
Per Derek Tyson of ESPN, Harris said of the decision:
I took four official visits to Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State and Florida. I don't think there will be a fifth one with everything that's going on. My recruiting has been going pretty good. I've been talking with my coaches almost everyday. I think I'll have my decision by Nov. 16.
Harris has four very good programs to choose from, but which team would be the best fit for the 4-star safety?
To answer this kind of question, it's good to look at a few factors that usually play a big role in a recruit's decision.
First, let's give the slight edge to both of Harris' in-state school's due to proximity. The chance to play in your home state, where it's easier for family and friends to watch you, is a huge draw for many recruits, so let's focus on Florida and Florida State here.
Both programs are having great seasons, and both programs appear to be well on their way to reestablishing their dominance within the college football world.
Will Muschamp is doing a fantastic job of rebuilding the Gators program. And before their loss to Georgia, one could have argued that they were among the best teams in the country. Either way, they are still one of the best, and his 2013 recruiting class will only serve to improve their national championship hopes for the future.
The one issue that may hinder Harris' fit with Florida is that the Gators already have two safeties committed in 4-star Nick Washington and 4-star Keanu Neal. Considering they also have a commitment from 5-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, it's safe to say that Florida doesn't have a need in the secondary. So playing time within the 2013 class alone could be hard to come by for Harris.
That leaves Florida State, which I believe is the best fit for Harris.
Jimbo Fisher is also doing a good job at rebuilding the Seminoles into a national contender, and they are certainly the powerhouse of the ACC. Florida State could just as easy find itself in the national championship scene in the next few years, so it's not like Harris would be losing any prestige if he chose FSU over Florida.
Things are also a bit more open as far as Fisher's 2013 class is concerned. The Seminoles only have one other safety committed so far in 3-star Michael Johnson, so Harris could commit and be the main safety recruit for FSU's class.
That is probably be a bit more appealing to the 4-star safety, and that, plus the fact that he can stay in-state but still play for a contender, makes Florida State the best fit for Harris.
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