Former Miami Star Brandon Harris' Brother Eyeing Rival Florida State

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMarch 7, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Treon Harris is a 4-star athlete from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida, and the Florida State Seminoles are currently the favorite in his recruiting process.

For Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes, this should be an unacceptable fact, and one that needs to change quickly.

First and foremost, Harris is from Booker T. Washington, which is a known Miami pipeline high school. The kicker is, the Hurricanes failed last year in regards to capitalizing on the pipeline, as both of the high school's star recruits went elsewhere after considering Miami.

Five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas committed to Florida State, and 4-star guard Denver Kirkland signed with Arkansas.

The second reason this should be upsetting to Miami is the fact that Harris is the younger brother of former Miami star Brandon Harris, who now plays for the Houston Texans in the NFL.

Brandon was a standout defensive back at Miami, notching 129 total tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and four interceptions in three seasons for the Hurricanes. He was drafted in the second round by the Texans in the 2011 NFL draft.

According to Ryan Bartow of, Florida State is currently the younger Harris' leader, while Miami seems to be behind the eight ball:

"I like FSU, Florida, Clemson, Louisiana (State University) and Oregon is my favorite school," Harris said. "I love them and their offense, but they aren't showing much interest. I'd say FSU is my favorite right now."

The Hurricanes aren't in his lead group but they remain under consideration.

"Miami is in it but it's going to be hard because of the position," Harris said. "Just like all of the guys, though, I grew up wanting to be a Cane."

It's also worth noting that Harris said that he "loved" Clemson per Bartow's report and the Tigers did just make him an offer. He also prefers to play quarterback at the college level, though he seems rather resigned to the fact that playing in the secondary is a better option for him. That said, Florida State is one of the teams that has him slotted as a quarterback (Bartow).

Simply put, Treon is a recruit that Miami cannot miss out on. The connections to the program are too strong.

Re-establishing the pipeline with Booker T. Washington is a must for Golden, especially considering that Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles seem to be gaining a foothold there.

Harris is 5'11'', 180 pounds and he runs a 4.48 40 according to 247Sports. He's also ranked as the No. 12 athlete in the 2014 class and the No. 18 player from the state of Florida, both according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

For Miami, he's a must-have recruit.

If Golden wants to turn the program around it has to start with recruiting. Successful recruiting starts in-state, and especially with pipelines. If you can't recruit out of your pipelines you're in trouble. That statement is multiplied if one of your in-state rivals is doing so at your expense.

The good news for Miami is that Harris grew up a Hurricanes fan and his older brother played for the program and found success with Miami.

Miami fans need to hope that those connections are enough to at least give the Hurricanes a chance to make a comeback in this recruiting race.