MARRERO, La. — Christmas came a bit early for Arkansas linebacker commit De’Jon Harris.
Alabama swooped in to offer the 3-star linebacker, who also played quarterback, running back, punter and filled in as a return specialist his senior season at John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.).
The longtime Arkansas commit has been rock solid to his pledge with the Razorbacks. However, Harris’ recruitment is certainly in a tailspin after earning the offer.
“I never thought of it really,” Harris told SEC Country. “The Alabama offer came out of the blue, but it’s good to get the offer from ‘Bama. I was doing everything I could (this season). My hard work paid off, and it feels good to be rewarded from the top program in the country.”
Harris named Arkansas and Alabama as his top two choices. He also altered his official visit schedule, swapping out a visit to Colorado on Jan. 15 and will instead head out to Tuscaloosa, Ala. that weekend.
That will be an official visit, and Harris is anxious to get face-to-face time with the Crimson Tide coaches and better familiarize himself with the university.
“I haven’t thought about changing my mind, but I did schedule a visit up there,” Harris said. “I am thinking about the Alabama offer. I haven’t seen the facilities and I want to talk to the coaching staff and see the school.”
Harris met Alabama associate head coach Burton Burns, who is also the the team’s running backs coach.
Burns came to Ehret’s practices over the spring, but did not extend any offers.
Burns offer finally came in seven months later, but he did not specify whether Alabama was pursuing Harris as a linebacker or a running back.
Harris said he had interest in playing either position at the next level.
“Coach Burns came out here during the spring and we were going to go up there for one of the camps,” Harris explained. “They knew about me, but haven’t talked about it since they offered. They talked about both positions, but didn’t say which one specifically. It would probably still be at linebacker, but could be a running back. I’d be interested to hear what they have to say.”
The Alabama offer came in, which Harris admits to be blindsided by. He actually thought LSU would have extended an offer first.
“I would have thought LSU was going to offer,” Harris said. “I’ve been over their offer for a while.”
Alabama is the second SEC school to offer Harris, who has also generated interest from Texas A&M over the past few weeks. The Aggies have been making a push for him and teammate Michael Divinity, a 4-star linebacker who’s going to decide between LSU and Texas A&M in January.
Harris is still scheduled to make an official visit to Fayetteville, Ark. on Jan. 22.
Harris is the No. 45 player in the state of Louisiana and rated as the No. 34 inside linebacker in the nation.