ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) verbally committed to Florida on Thursday morning. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound four-star prospect chose Florida over Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas in a ceremony at his school.
Harris, whose father, Mike, played safety for the Gators in the mid 90s, said he felt Florida was the best fit for him.
"It just felt like the place I needed to be at," Harris said. "They are all great schools, they all fit my type of playing style, but in the end I had to pick Florida. The Florida coaching staff, they are all great to me. It's close to home as always, but that really never played a factor. It was just the family feeling, being at home and playing with some great players."
The No. 7-ranked safety said Florida coach Will Muschamp was quick to react when he informed him of his decision.
"He was just happy and excited," Harris said. "He was just happy to add me to the roster ...
"He got Vernon Hargreaves, he got Keanu Neal, Nick Washington and me. We have to build this 'No Fly Zone' and now we representing. We have to represent in 2014. We have a bright future ahead and there's more to come."
Harris needs just two more credits to be able to enroll at Florida in January. He is not shy about his intentions to make an impact at Florida as a freshman.
"I see myself fitting in well," he said. "I'm a great player. I think I'm the best in the nation. Not to take away anything from the other guys but I think I'm the best in the nation. When I go out there, I'm going out there to compete. I'm going to go out there to get my starting position. Not to take away from anyone else, but I'm going out there to do my thing."
Harris said he has talked with Florida junior safety Matt Elam, who has not decided whether he will enter the NFL draft or not. Harris, though, says it won't matter if Elam leaves early.
"I'm pretty sure if he had the year he was expecting to have, he'll go out," he said. "If he doesn't, then he's a great person to learn from then next year and I'll go out there and do what I've got to do."
With the addition of Harris, the Gators now have 22 verbal commitments, including 14 in the ESPN 300 and 10 in the ESPN 150. Florida has the No. 1-ranked class in the country.
The Under Armour All-American joins defensive backs Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) and Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter) as other Florida commits. All four are ranked in the ESPN 150.
Harris injured his knee towards the end of the regular season and has not yet participated in the playoffs; he is doubtful for Dr. Phillips' upcoming semifinal game Friday.