Miami got in the game late regarding Treon Harris, despite him being in the Canes' backyard.
The Player: Treon Harris is a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from powerhouse Booker T. Washington, who passed for 2,159 yards and had a 28-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ration as a senior, leading the Tornadoes to a national championship. Harris also rushed for 575 yards with nine scores.
Level of Commitment: Harris is currently committed to Florida State but agreed to visit the hometown Miami Hurricanes on the final weekend of recruiting season.
Other Suitors: Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers.
Current Situation and Overall Prediction: Harris' situation is one that will frustrate longtime Miami fans and recruiting enthusiasts. The Hurricanes are said to have recruited Harris early in the process but not as a quarterback, wanting the 5'11", 180-pound athlete to play defense instead.
The versatile athlete is the son of Booker T. Washington head coach, Tim "Ice" Harris, who was an assistant on Randy Shannon's staff at Miami years back, as well as the younger brother of Brandon Harris, a former Hurricanes' cornerback and current NFL starter.
While it's understandable that Al Golden and staff might view Harris as too small to play quarterback—based on the type of athletes they're recruiting under center—it's still "bad business" for the Hurricanes not to have properly recruited Harris.
Last year Miami coaches were in a bid with Coach Harris, as the Hurricanes were recruiting offensive lineman Denver Kirkland and linebacker Matthew Thomas. Kirkland wound up at Arkansas, while Thomas, older brother of defensive end Chad Thomas, a current Miami commit, chose Florida State on national signing day.
Last January, "Ice" had some choice words for the Miami program, and the Hurricanes eventually lost out on two big-time players, despite fences appearing mended.
While a college coaching staff should never be handcuffed by the leader of a local high school powerhouse, there's simply the courtesy of practicing good business with local schools. Offering the son of said coach, who also is the younger brother of a former star and a local hero who delivered back-to-back championships, seems like the smart play.
Signs point to Harris winding up at Florida, Auburn or sticking with Florida State, and Miami appears fine at quarterback, but this was a recruiting whiff based on PR, if nothing else.