MARRERO, La. — Within hours of receiving an offer from Alabama, 3-star Arkansas linebacker commit De’Jon Harris scheduled an official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
While the order of his visits has changed for January for the John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) product, a lot remains on the table for Harris over the next month as he has to decide between two SEC West powers and Colorado before National Signing Day (Feb. 3) rolls around.
“When you look at our kids and what we teach them, first is loyalty,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “Arkansas has been there for a while. Alabama just came in, as they usually do with a school like that with so many 5-star guys. They do a great job of coming in late.
“It’s worth a chance to see what ‘Bama has and where you fit in at. Like Michael (Divinity), Harris is a 3-4 linebacker. Like Michael, 3-4 is what Alabama runs.”
Harris was originally going to nix an official visit to Colorado on Jan. 15 and instead head to Alabama. He will now visit Colorado on Jan. 15, as planned, then head to Arkansas on Jan. 22 and Alabama last on Jan. 29.
If the school is getting a visit, Lambert said, then they have a chance.
“I think whenever you’re taking a visit, you have the opportunity of having a chance,” Lambert said of Alabama’s chances of landing Harris.
As far as Arkansas goes, Lambert believes the Razorbacks can rest easy for now.
Arkansas offers Harris a chance to make an immediate impact, which might ultimately allow the Razorbacks to hold onto the linebacker.
“At Arkansas, there’s a chance of playing early,” said Lambert. “At Alabama, you have to check out the depth chart and see where you fit in with that.”
Harris, who has been committed to Arkansas since May, is rated as the nation’s No. 34 inside linebacker and Louisiana’s No. 46 prospect.