Marcell Harris is a four-star safety recruit out of Orlando, Fla. who committed to play for the Florida Gators three months ago. However, there was still a ton of speculation, at least five states away, that Harris would change his mind and sign with the Texas Longhorns. That “miracle” rumor was laid to rest on National Signing Day as Harris’ commitment to Florida was made official.
Harris received offers from schools all over the country, including two from the ACC, one from the Big Ten, three from the Big East, five from the SEC, one from the Pac-12, two from the Big 12 and Notre Dame. His top four were Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State but the decision ultimately came down to the Gators and Longhorns. Most folks in Austin, Texas believe that if Florida head coach Will Muschamp was still the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator that Harris would have undoubtedly chose to play in the Lone Star State.
However, Harris’ decision was based off location and his personal playing time. Texas returns nine starters on defense, although one of the two open spots is free safety. Harris likely would have started as a freshman, but it wasn’t guaranteed. On the flip side, Florida’s secondary is full of question marks, including both safety positions, so Harris will undoubtedly be a primary contributor from day one.