Arkansas linebacker commit De’jon Harris had one big question he needed answered during his in-home visit with Crimson Tide assistant coach Burton Burns on Thursday. He got that answer.
Harris, a three-star prospect from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.), picked up an offer from Alabama last month, which is late for seniors, considering National Signing Day is on Feb. 3. Burns explained why the Tide waited, and the answer was good enough to Harris.
“I sat down with him and talked about why I got the offer so late,” Harris told SEC Country. “You know, some people were telling me it was because they didn’t get a guy they wanted. He broke down all of the details and told me how coach (Nick) Saban recruits. They wanted to see a little more in me this year, which is why I got the offer so late. That played a big factor in it.”
Heading into the visit with Burns, Harris was not too sure where he stood on Alabama’s board. He’s content with the fact that the team has bigger targets at linebacker because he’s choosing to look at the positives.
“I do feel like I am a priority to them,” Harris said. “The first day after the dead period ends and right after they win a national championship, they came to see me. I feel really good about it. I know I’m not on the top of the board like some of the other top guys, but he did come see me and that’s great.”
The 6-foot, 238-pounder may not be as high on Alabama’s board because he seems pretty firm with is commitment to Arkansas. He’s been committed to the Razorbacks since May. Because the Tide got in the game so late with Harris’ recruitment, does Alabama have what it takes in order to flip his commitment?
“To tell you the truth, I really don’t know what (Alabama) can do to change my mind,” he said. “They’re recruiting me, but if they had been in contact with me throughout the season, that would be a big difference with my relationship with them.”
One of the ways that the Crimson Tide can make up ground on the Razorbacks may just be a trip from Nick Saban himself. Harris says he’s expecting the coach to visit sometime next week. Two weeks ago, Saban had a conversation with the recruit and it has stuck with him.
“He was telling me a lot of people are going to tell me that I’m not going to have a chance to play at Alabama because you aren’t a top guy,” Harris said. “You’re going to sit on the bench the first couple of years and maybe get to play special teams or at the end of my career. He was just telling me that he gave me the chance to play at Alabama for a reason.”
Harris will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 29. He says it’s going to take a lot for him to flip his commitment.
“I’ve been committed to Arkansas for so long. They would have to do something crazy for me to really change my mind,” he said.
Harris is rated as the nation’s No. 29 inside linebacker.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite.