After suffering a few decommitments in the 2020 class, it goes without saying that the Texas Longhorns could afford some good news on the recruiting front, and the Horns received exactly that on Tuesday evening with the addition of Hutto athlete Dajon Harrison.
You can never have enough explosive play makers on your roster and I’d say Hutto’s Dajon Harrison certainly fits the bill of an explosive play maker. Harrison is a former TCU commit after backing off his pledge to the Horned Frogs back in the spring.
He has since officially visited Kansas State, but ultimately, it was the Horns who earned his pledge.
So far this through eight games this year, Harrison has registered 633 yards on 27 catches (23.4 YPC) with seven touchdowns, while also chipping in with 237 yards on the ground and two more scores. Harrison also splits time on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback, where he has recorded an interception, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble.
Harrison is a relatively new name to the recruiting radar, but this is one that the Longhorns staff has been keeping warm waiting for the right moment to pounce. Harrison is the latest addition to the 2020 recruiting class and gives them a potentially dynamic play maker out of the slot.
Harrison checks in with solid size at 5’10, 170 pounds and also possesses long arms, which along with his athleticism will help him play above his listed measurables. It doesn’t take long for Harrison’s explosiveness and twitch to jump off the screen at you on his senior film, as his ability to accelerate and cut without throttling down are on display right up top. In just the first few plays of his senior cut ups he shows the ability to leave defenders grasping at air in close quarters on multiple occasions and that he can take it the distance from just about anywhere on the football field. Harrison possesses the acceleration and deep speed to stretch defenses vertically and he will certainly have his fair share of defensive backs on their heels due to his ability to run by them.
What makes Harrison even more dangerous is that he shows the ability to break off very sharp routes at near top speed, which is incredibly hard to defend. On top of his top shelf athleticism, Harrison looks to be a good hands catcher and doesn’t show much body catching on his senior tape, which is encouraging, but he does seem to have the tendency to rock the football as he runs, which will need to be cleaned up.
Harrison possesses the traits that could turn him into a dynamic play maker and at minimum, he should be a guy that will expose mismatches over the middle of the field and brutalize you with yards after the catch. On top of that, Harrison also brings value in the special teams phase of the game as a returner, which could allow him to see the field early in his career at the next level.
I really like this pick up for the Longhorns and while it may not really move many of the star gazers out there, I think Harrison is a sneaky good pickup with a good amount of upside. Gary Patterson being sold on Harrison already says plenty about his potential as a player, but taking a few looks at his senior tape more than made me a believer in his ability translating to the next level. Harrison is the type of player that has often gone to places like TCU and Oklahoma State in years past that have turned out to be gems and worked against Texas in the past, but this time around it looks like the Longhorns found themselves a good one in their own backyard.
Harrison is the third wide receiver commitment in the 2020 recruiting class to go along with Quentin Johnston and Troy Omeire and brings their class total to 18 commitments.