De’jon Harris is a 3-star linebacker from Marrero, La., currently committed to Arkansas. While Harris has been committed to the Razorbacks since last summer, the 2015 national champion Alabama Crimson Tide are hoping to sway Harris and add him to their already impressive recruiting class for this year.
“Alabama offered me on Christmas Eve, and I have been talking to their coaches a little bit.” Harris said. “(An assistant) from Alabama came to see me last week …. it was a great conversation. He was just telling me the late offer was not from them but it was about getting a guy they want. They have been recruiting me and wanted to make sure I was the right guy for them. They asked about me in the spring and they wanted to see more of me and I showed them enough to earn an offer recently. “
The 6-foot, 230-pounder also said he has already established a relationship with new Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“Coach Pruitt has already reached out to me briefly since he has been at Alabama. He was recruiting me for Georgia so I already know him a little bit.”
The hard-nosed linebacker has a busy couple of weeks ahead, and Alabama is hoping to change his mind and flip him from Arkansas. He is scheduled to take official visits to Arkansas and Alabama the next two weeks.
Here are five more things to know about Harris
1) Harris has all of his official visits lined up: There are two weekends left until Signing Day, and Harris will be busy. “I officially visited Colorado this past weekend. I visit Arkansas officially next weekend, and then Alabama the week before Signing Day. I had an in-home visit with Arkansas thist. Head coach Bret Bielema, and a few assistants all came and had dinner with me and my family. I have an in-home visit with Alabama scheduled for this week. I know Coach Pruitt is coming, but I’m not sure who else will be there.”
2) Flip from Arkansas? “I don’t know exactly what it will take to beat Arkansas. To be honest I haven’t really thought about it that much. I chose Arkansas for a bunch of reasons. I have great relationships with the coaches, I loved the atmosphere when I went to visit, I like the way their linebackers coach has produced linebackers over the years, and I like the way their depth chart looks right now. I definitely want a chance to come in and play early. They also had a great year this past year, and things are on the rise for Arkansas.” Harris also said that one coach in particular really made him feel comfortable. “Coach (Michael) Smith,their wide receivers coach, has been recruiting me since my sophomore year. I had an injury during my junior year and Coach Smith stayed with me and believed in me and supported me the entire time. He was a big reason why I committed. I’ve been committed for a while so I don’t know if I’ll be able to have the same connection with another coaching staff like I do with the staff at Arkansas.”
3) Monster Senior Season: Harris did almost everything for his high school team this past season. “I had a pretty good year.” Harris said. “I started at middle linebacker where I made about 87 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles. I also played some quarterback, H-back, and slot receiver. I had about 1,300 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, and 5 receiving touchdowns and 524 receiving yards.” Harris also played on different special teams throughout the year.
4) Enjoys some pre-game music: “I don’t really have a specific ritual that I do before games, but I guess I like to listen to music.” Harris said. “I like pretty much everything. Sometimes I’ll listen to rap and put on some Drake or Lil’ Wayne.”
5) Has played against one of college football’s best already: “The best player I played against in high school was probably Leonard Fournette.” Harris said. “I played against him when he was a senior and I was a sophomore. He had a really big game and had a 50-yard touchdown run, and I think another touchdown run for about 40 yards. I made a couple tackles on him and he didn’t run me over or anything.”