Not too long after securing its top quarterback target in the 2018 class with the commitment of Adrian Martinez last week, Tennessee was at it again on Friday when four-star safety Brendon Harris offered a pledge to play for the Volunteers.
Harris took to Twitter to announce his commitment, as he posted a creative video with him decked out in Volunteer apparel at the end.
My Decision… 110% Committed pic.twitter.com/nhMjPnyc1k
— Brendon Harris² (@harrisbrendon2) May 19, 2017
Butch Jones and his staff are absolutely killing it on the recruiting trail and the addition of Harris, one of the best safeties in the country, is more proof. The Vols are also doing a fabulous job of protecting their home turf, as Harris is the fifth in-state recruit for Jones.
The 6-foot, 205-pound safety from Chattanooga (Baylor School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 151 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the 16th-best safety in the country. 247 Sports also regards Harris as the fourth-best player in the state of Tennessee.
He chose the Vols over heavy interest from Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State, and he also possessed offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky and many other major programs.
Harris is a well-built safety who is both quick and aggressive on defense. He combines great athleticism and power and is great at moving side to side, covering so much ground.
According to the Times Free Press, Harris recorded five interceptions while racking up 76 tackles last season. Harris was even impressive when pressed into playing running back for his high school team, as he registered 600 rushing yards with five touchdowns last year.
There should be little doubt about the scintillating versatility Harris possesses. He can just do so much on the football team and affect the outcome of a game.
More from Stephen Hargis of the Times Free Press, who spoke with Harris’ high school coach Phil Massey on Harris’ game-changing versatility:
“The only real question the college coaches I’ve talked to have is whether he’ll play cornerback or safety,” Massey said. “A lot of programs like those big corners now, and he’s definitely athletic enough to play there.
“He has a unique awareness and the ability to anticipate where the ball is going and how to use his body to go defend it. You combine that athleticism and how self-motivated he is and Brendon has the opportunity to be a leader for us and to create a name for himself on a big-time stage.”
Considering the athleticism and versatility Harris owns, expect to see him eventually play special teams at Tennessee, as he has all the attributes to be an excellent returner, too.
With Harris in tow, 247 Sports ranks Tennessee with the seventh-best 2018 recruiting class and second best among SEC teams.
When he arrives in Knoxville, expect sooner than later for Harris to leave his imprint.