SAN ANTONIO - - Even in an Alamodome full of hundreds of athletes wearing the same workout clothes, class of 2013 safety Marcell Harris (Groveland, Fla./South Lake) still had a way of standing out at the U.S. Army combine on Friday.
Maybe it was his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, and the speed with which he moves. It could be the dreadlocks that stretch down his back, or his coverage skills in one-on-one drills.
Whatever it was, Harris is hard to miss and programs from across the country have already taken notice. He already has offers from Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, LSU, Notre Dame, USF and Temple. Numerous others are bound to join the pursuit.
“I am focused and very humble so it is not a real big deal,” Harris said. “The recruiting process is starting to come around now that everyone knows I am the No. 1 safety. It’s just starting to come along. This process is one that you have to stay focused with and not get too big headed.”
Harris’ skills were so on point at the Under Armour National Combine on Dec. 31 that he was invited, and accepted, an invitation to the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game. He was the second player to accept along with Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Stacey Cloey.
Harris, whose father Mike Harris was a defensive back at Florida in the mid ‘90s, feels that the nation first took notice of his skills at Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp last summer.
“I think I did pretty well there,” he said. “There are a lot of nice wide receivers. I showed what I could do.”
He also camped at Florida State and Texas over the summer, and particularly enjoyed his time in Austin.
“It’s a great program. There is a lot of history there. I just have a feel for wanting to be there,” Harris said. “The camp was pretty cool. There were some good guys out there. [Texas commitment] Bryson Echols was out there and I had a chance to be in his group. It was cool. I think I did pretty well. I don’t think I had a ball caught on me, so I think I did pretty good.”
Harris, who said he ran a 4.3 in the short shuttle has been invited to several Junior Days, which will take place at the end of this month and throughout February. He said he wants to attend the ones he already has an offer for.
“Some of the key factors that I am looking for are just being comfortable with the area, the city and the state,” Harris said. “Academics are one of the big issues too. Whatever I decide to major in I need to make sure the school offers it.”