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July 13, 2013
South Carolina secondary coach Grady Brown landed a pledge today from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Al Harris.
The NFL legacy, son of 14-year NFL veteran Al Harris Sr., is the third cornerback in South Carolina's 2014 recruiting class and essentially rounds out defensive back recruiting for the Gamecock staff.
"I decided to commit because I really like South Carolina," the three-star cornerback said. "I like the defensive scheme, the coaches. The defensive coordinator is a great coach and has coached some really good players. I like the defensive backs they have had before."
Brown was a large part of the reason that the south Florida product decided to pull the trigger for Carolina.
"He played a big role on it. He had a very good relationship between me and my dad. He's coached some very good players like Patrick Peterson and Stephon Gilmore," he said.
Harris Jr. called Brown up to tell him about the commitment today.
"He was excited. He said he can't wait to get me on campus. Another very good corner Wesley Green committed and he said he can't wait to get us together."
Harris Jr. has not yet visited South Carolina, but he is not concerned about it as he is sold on the program in Columbia. He does not have his initial visit set, but is sure that he will make it at some point.
"I'm not exactly sure because I'm training now for the up and coming season," he said. "I definitely plan on going up to see the campus, the school and a game atmosphere.
Seeing the school, it's important to me. I'm going to the school for football and I know the scheme they run and the chances I have to play early. Seeing the campus and seeing the environment is a plus."
Although Harris Jr. is not the most highly-rated member of USC's 2014 class, the staff was still sold on his abilities. What kind of feedback did he receive from the USC staff on his skill set?
"They like that I can play press coverage. That's my main attribute. That's what I work on the most. I think that's why they had interest in me," he said.
Harris, who said he is now shutting down recruiting, said his father has been a big influence on his game.
"I grew up watching him play and he taught me everything I know," he said. "I've only played one position my entire life. I take little parts of his game to put into my mine.
Harris also drew offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, UCLA, Wisconsin, and many others during the recruiting process.
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