Denver Harris has remained a polarizing figure among the 2022 rookies. Often soft-spoken with a talent that makes a difference on the pitch, the five-star cornerback has finally made his decision.
The country’s No. 12 rookie stays home. Harris, in one of the more recent storylines of this cycle, got engaged and signed with Texas A&M. That’s another five-star for the Aggies, who also hold commitments from five-star wide receiver Evan Stewart and the State’s Top 100 Talent like Conner Weigman, Chris Marshall and Bobby Taylor.
During that signing window, Texas A&M is closed with a bang that drags not only Harris but also Rivals100 lineman Kam Dewberry, toppling Georgia DB Marquis Groves-Killibrew and adding defensive linemen Anthony Lucas and Enai White. . Harris inked on Wednesday, but waited until the end of the North Shore Division I Class 6A State Championship game against Duncanville to make his decision known.
Harris is the nation’s No.2 cornerback and Texas No.3 player behind only five-star Austin Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik and offensive tackle Kelvin Banks.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
“The Aggies are in my top four for some of the same reasons as Texas… it’s close to home, it’s a great university and they’ve done a great job with recruiting and field improvement as well.” , Harris said previously. said Rivaux. “They’ve definitely had a strong presence in the Houston area lately, which is great considering how many talent we have in the city. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Coach (TJ) Rushing are really cool and I think really highly to both. From the first time I met Coach Jimbo he sold me. I really believe in everything he says and I know he is genuine and wants the best for everyone his players … and he has a record that speaks for itself. There aren’t many coaches who have won multiple national championships and put countless players in the NFL. Again, I don’t can’t talk enough about what they’ve been able to do at College Station, but it’s definitely something special and they have a bunch of guys that I would love to play with. “
“I love Jimbo (Fisher). I talk to Coach (TJ) Rushing,” he added ahead of the season on the Aggies. “He calls me before every game and he’s light with it. He doesn’t have to call me; he knows I’m going to watch the game, watch the highlights. We have a cold relationship.”
Harris was an immediate impact defensive back in the secondary rotation of State Champion Galena Park (Texas) North Shore as a rookie and quickly established himself as a dominant cornerback taking over a season later.
For the past three seasons, Harris has been a model of consistency in this role. He checked a speed of 4.39 (at Camp Alabama) which translates well into tight coverage and a closing speed on the perimeter. Harris is fluid in recoil and punishes the ball carriers below. He’s also one of the top ball-peddling defensive backs in the role with multiple interception campaigns and the District Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior.
Harris rebounded well from ACL surgery in the offseason and was flying around the ball in an in-person mid-season assessment. He physically defends the race and is up to the task at the back when it comes to coverage as well. It combines size, speed and instinct and is another centerpiece of the 2022 Aggies class.