ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) verbally committed to Florida on Thursday morning. The four-star prospect chose the Gators over Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas in a ceremony at his school.
“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 definitely pleased with Harris’ choice.
“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.”
Florida definitely has a solid recruiting class and one that could have an impact on the field right away. Harris plans to enroll at Florida in January so that he can attend their spring practices.
“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.”
With Harris’ addition of Harris, the Gators now have 22 verbal commitments, including 14 in the ESPN 300 and 10 in the ESPN 150. Florida actually has the No. 1-ranked class in the country and it will be exciting to see these exciting freshmen on the field next fall.