Days after taking his official visit to see the Florida Gators play, 2013 Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips safety Marcell Harris revealed on Wednesday that he will make a decision on November 16th.
The 6-1, 207-pounder has taken four official visits this fall, traveling to see the Texas Longhorns, Florida State Seminoles, and Oklahoma Sooners in the last several months. He does not plan on taking his fifth and final official visit.
As he has throughout the process, Harris has declined to name a leader ($) in his recruitment.
Here's the scoop on Harris from Gator Prospectus, which covers Florida recruiting for the Gainesville Sun:
Harris hasn’t done any interviews about his trip yet and did not answer my calls or reply to my texts. But several sources close to him and his family told me his visit went great and the Gators are definitely in the drivers’ seat right now.
One source said UF will likely land him no matter what, but if junior safety Matt Elam leaves for the NFL as expected, that will surely seal the deal. Harris wants to play right away and believes he can compete for and win the starting strong safety spot if Elam is gone.
SBN Recruiting's Bud Elliott believes that Harris will become a Gator amid reports over the weekend that Harris has already silently committed to Florida. Those reports have been shot down, but it was interesting, and perhaps significant, that Harris told ESPN several times that he "got caught up on some things" during his most recent visit to Gainesville.
An odd choice of words, no doubt, but it's a phrase that suggests he may have been close to committing.
Of course, he already has a strong connection to the Gators since his father played there in the mid-90s.
The Longhorns have long been thought to be in the second-place position, but Harris has been measured with all of his public comments, so there have been few definitive reports regarding where he is leaning.
Early playing time is a significant factor to him and the Gators can can offer it, though the Longhorns are struggling so much in that area that is hardly out of the question that Harris could come in and contribute right away.
After landing Livingston athlete Chevoski Collins several weeks ago with Cibolo Steele safety Erik Huhn already in the fold, Harris would be more of a luxury take than a need take, but he's so talented and a much better prospect than either of the other two, so it would be shocking if the 'Horns aren't still aggressively pursuing the hard-hitting, downhill safety with playmaking skills.
Hardly going out on a limb here, but the guess is that Harris will end up a Gator, as virtually everyone in the industry believes he will.