4-Star DE Kevin Harris Commits to Alabama over LSU, Miami and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

Credit: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

Highly touted defensive end Kevin Harris committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Rivals.com's Chad Simmons reported Tuesday. 

Harris is the No. 6 weak-side defensive end and No. 86 player overall in the 2019 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also the ninth-best player in the state of Georgia.

Harris explained his decision in an interview with Simmons.

"I was leaning towards Miami, but decided over the weekend that it was Alabama for me," he said. "I had a talk with my parents and they said it was my decision—my first grown man decision and I just did what was best for me. I feel Alabama is the best school for me."

Harris is the second edge defender to join Alabama's 2019 class. The Crimson Tide also received a commitment from 4-star outside linebacker King Mwikuta, who's the No. 6 outside linebacker, per 247Sports.

Alabama defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi was happy to see Harris come aboard:

While listed as a defensive end, Harris is likely to line up as a linebacker as well. He's a good pass-rusher coming off the edge, posting 10 tackles for loss and five sacks in nine games as a junior at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, according to MaxPreps.

Given his frame (6'4", 218 lbs), Harris may work better as a linebacker until he fills out a little more.

The fact Harris chose Alabama isn't much of a surprise. The Crimson Tide routinely send multiple defensive players to the NFL every year, with the Washington Redskins selecting defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne with the 13th pick in the 2018 draft.

And because of their embarrassment of riches, Alabama generally has a lot of turnover from year to year, so Harris may have an opportunity to play pretty early.

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