Arkansas commit De’jon Harris admits his recruitment process would have been different if Alabama had offered him earlier than this past December.
Harris, a three-star linebacker from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.), told SEC Country that his one-on-one conversation with Nick Saban on his official visit this weekend led to the five-time national champion expressing disappointment.
“He told me that he was really excited about me,” Harris said of Saban. “He got my film the week of the national championship and he told me that I was the kind of guy he likes. I’m an old-school player. He said he was mad that he got my film so late. He said he wished he got my film earlier so he could’ve recruited me earlier.”
The 6-foot,238-pounder committed to Arkansas in May and has not wavered on his commitment since, despite taking official visits elsewhere.
Harris said his commitment to the Razorbacks is 100 percent solid and he’ll be signing his letter of intent at 9:30 a.m. ET on National Signing Day. Is there anything Alabama can do at this point to get Harris in this recruiting class?
“No. I have the trust in the Arkansas staff and I felt more comfortable when I went out there on my official visit then I did on this one,” he said. “There just wasn’t enough time with this Alabama visit. It felt rushed.”
So just how bad did Saban want Harris to be a part of the Crimson Tide? Alabama is hoping to sign two running backs this year, and Harris could play tailback in college. Saban offered Harris the opportunity to play either running back or linebacker for the Tide.
“I told him that I would play any position that would make me see the field the earliest,” Harris said. “I would even play both if I could. He told me I could play either position if I wanted.”
Who knows what would have happened if Alabama offered earlier. It seems like Harris has a genuine interest in the Crimson Tide, but his relationship with the Razorbacks coaches is just unbreakable.