Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Marcell Harris to play in 2013 UA Game
By Corey Long
ESPN Recruiting Nation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Fresh off of a strong performance in Saturday's Under Armour National Combine class of 2013 safety Marcell Harris (Groveland, Fla./South Lake) was invited to participate in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior accepted immediately and became the second player from the combine to join the 2013 game. Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Stacey Coley accepted his invitation to play in the game on Saturday.
Harris will be the second player from South Lake to participate in an Under Armour All-America Game, joining Class of 2011 alum Nick Waisome.
"I followed the game a little bit and it's a great opportunity to compete at the highest level available to a high school football player," Harris said. "One of my goals was to be part of this game."
Harris is among the nation's top prospects at safety and has already received offers from Florida State, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Temple and most recently Notre Dame and South Florida.
This past year Harris attended the FSU-Miami game in Tallahassee and the Florida-FSU game in Gainesville.
"It was very excited to check out the big games in the state and see how crazy the fans get," Harris said. "It doesn't really affect my recruitment one way or another but it's fun to see.
"I'm a long way away from making decisions or even getting into a top group of schools. I just want to train hard and take a look at the different programs when I get the opportunity."
He also camped at Florida, Florida State and Texas over the summer. Harris was very impressed with his trip to Austin.
"I love my time in Texas and I know that's one place I want to get back to," Harris said. "The facilities there are beautiful and it's a real nice campus."
Harris says he models his game after former All-Pro safety Sean Taylor and his father Mike Harris, a defensive back at Florida in the mid '90s.
"Dad always tells me I'm turning out pretty good but I'm not a knockout hitter like he was," Harris joked. "I have to get a few knockouts to impress him I guess."
With Harris watching Tuesday's practice and eating lunch with friends like Latroy Pittman and Alton Howard, he was quickly envisioning how his game will go in 2013.
"I'm already looking forward to playing about the best guys in the nation," Harris said. "Guys I haven't faced before and haven't seen before.
"Not only is it a great game but it's a learning experience and a chance to pick up on the different styles of play in different regions."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.