With 22 commitments in its class, the Arizona Wildcats coaching staff can now focus on positions of need to finish out this cycle. Gabe gave his thoughts on who will fill out the rest of the 2017 class, and one of those was double legacy prospect Jalen Harris from Desert Ridge (Mesa, Arizona). Arizona is looking to add some additional defensive lineman for this cycle, and Harris fits what they are looking for.
I was able to catch up with the 6-foot-4, 210 pound 3-star athlete.
"I talk to Coach (Charlie) Ragle and Coach (Marcel) Yates a lot. My dad played with Coach (Vince) Amey before so that's pretty cool," Harris said about his relationship with Arizona's staff. "They've been talking to me about coming in as an outside linebacker or defensive end."
Harris is up to 14 offers, and last Thursday released a top six of Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, and Washington State.
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"Arizona, Washington State, Oregon, and Arizona State," Harris said about who is recruiting him the hardest. He also stated that the schools are recruiting him as a defensive end.
Harris has visited Tucson and the UA campus multiple times, including the Junior Day on April 16th this spring.
"Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, Washington State, Oregon State, Iowa State, and Colorado State," Harris said about other visits he's taken. "I plan on getting out to Colorado soon as well."
Harris is looking at making his college decision soon.
"End of summer, right around the beginning of the season," he said about his decision timeline. He also knows exactly what he is looking for in a future school.
"Good academics, a good scheme that I fit into, and a place where I can grow as a person and a player."
Harris' parents both attended Arizona with his father (Sean Harris) playing middle linebacker in the Desert Swarm defense. His uncle (Lamar Harris) also attended Arizona and was a starting tight end.
"I want to be my own individual person," Harris said about being a legacy recruit. "I know my dad played there and I really like the college (Arizona)."
This offseason, Harris said he has been focusing on getting stronger, his tackling, stopping the run, and explosiveness. Last year, he racked up 70 tackles with 17.5 sacks on defense while catching 50 passes for 784 yards and five touchdowns for the offense. His junior highlights are below.