2017 Madison, AL (Bob Jones ) four-star safety A.J. Harris’ recruitment really heated up a few weeks ago after his Michigan visit. His recruitment started to heat up when Harris told TheWolverineDaily.com that Michigan was his leader and he planned to announce his commitment the following Monday after his visit. Several weeks later, Harris stands uncommitted and his recruitment has slowed down and he is evaluating his options before a planned summer commitment.
However, even though Harris is slowing things down in his recruitment, he has not shied away from announcing his leader within his recruitment.
“Michigan is a great program one of the best in the nation,” Harris said about Michigan. “They have great academic support and have top-notch academics. Not to mention, but great athletics, plus a wonderful coaching staff in Ann Arbor that could really help me.
“As of right now, I am trying to find the right fit for me,” Harris stated about his recruitment. “I am slowing things down a little bit before I make a decision. However, Michigan is still my top school, but I want to make sure it’s the one the place I want to spend the next 4-5 years of my life. Michigan has all the aspects I was looking for, and when I visited a couple weeks ago it felt like home, no place I would rather be than there.”
Harris’ visit to Michigan a few weeks ago was a homerun visit for the Bob Jones High School standout. The coaching staff made a lasting impression on Harris and his family. The visit for Harris really made his interest in Michigan spike significantly.
“It was a great visit, the best that I have been on by far. I got to talk to the academic advisors and tour the campus. The campus was beautiful and really big. It was a great feeling because the coaches made me feel as if I were home. Ann Arbor feels like home to me.”
The Michigan coaching staff has continued to put the full-court press on Harris. Both Tyrone Wheatley and Bam Richards have personally recruited Harris and are in constant contact with him. In fact, Harris just had a conversation with Tyrone Wheatley Tuesday night.
“Coach Bam and Coach Wheatley are great guys and I would love to play for them. They are both great coaches and they’re the best coaches in the country in my opinion. They’ve both recruited me very hard since my visit. I talked to Coach Wheatley Tuesday night; we talked about family and some track things, nothing really football related we just talked about life. However, he did add in that he wants me to visit over the summer or sometime real soon.”
Although it appears that The Wolverines and the coaching staff appear to have Harris locked up. He still wants to explore his options and visit a ton of schools over the summer before his expected summer decision.
“I plan to have a busy summer full of visits,” Harris said. “I will visit Florida state, Ole Miss, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Nebraska all this summer. I also plan on visiting Michigan sometime this summer, not sure when, but I will be up in Ann Arbor sometime in the summer. In terms of my commitment, I will make my decision sometime in the summer. I don’t have an exact date yet.”
Harris attends Bob Jones High School located in Alabama. Harris’ high school was planning on having a satellite camp at his school. However, like we all know, the NCAA decided to ban satellite camps and the camp won’t happen this summer at Harris’ high school. Well, Harris is disappointed he won’t be able to attend the Michigan satellite camp this summer.
“I think that it was a bad idea to ban satellite camps. It hurt a lot of guys that have talent, but can’t expose it to the far away schools because they don’t have the money to travel. I think the NCAA made a typical wrong decision. I am upset, not that upset, but I was really looking forward to having Michigan come down to my high school and watch me play.”
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)