December 31, 2007

Decision date set for Harris

During the recruiting process for four-star Gadsden City linebacker Jerrell Harris, there have been times when it seemed the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was closing in on a college decision. At one point, Harris had indicated that he was to make an announcement at one of several All-Star games he would be participating in during the holidays. Other reports had him announcing at a press conference at his school shortly after the holidays.

With several of his official visits still on tap, however, it appears that fans anxious to have Harris' pledge to their school may have to wait a few more weeks.

"Jerrell told me that he was pretty sure that he would make an announcement on Signing Day," said Gadsden City Defensive Coordinator Ali Smith. "He plans on having a ceremony at the school or at his house. We haven't worked out the particulars yet, but as for now, it will be on Signing Day."

Harris recently sky-rocketed up the Rivals100 to settle in at 38th nationally after a senior season in which he accumulated 140 tackles, 19 sacks and three interceptions.
With an official to Alabama already under his belt, Harris still has trips lined up to Clemson (1/11), Auburn (1/18), USC (1/25) and Tennessee (2/1). This week, Harris is in Orlando for the Under Armour All-Star Game along with fellow Tide targets Tyler Edwards, Courtney Upshaw and Antoine McClain.

"Jerrell has such a strong focus on whatever he is doing at the time that he has pretty much just been concentrating on these all-star games really," said Smith. "That doesn't mean he isn't thinking about recruiting a little, but he has plenty of time to focus on that after the holidays. He is set on having good games in all of these all-star events."

Harris racked up nine tackles in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and was one of the lone bright spots for an Alabama squad that was whipped 26-7.

"Everyone is doing an outstanding job of recruiting Jerrell," said Smith. "Whereever he winds up playing college football, he is going to have to tell a lot of coaches that he has built great relationships with 'no.' Jerrell is a great kid, however, and he will do it the right way."

Harris is the 4th-ranked outside linebacker nationally per Rivals.

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