The Gamecocks filled a major position of need with the signing of three-star cornerback Al Harris, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. Harris is the son of former NFL Pro-Bowler Al Harris. The 5'11, 160-pound defensive back has an impressive offer list whose highlights include Arkansas, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Louisville, Penn St., UCLA, and Wisconsin.
Harris is ranked the No. 44 cornerback and the 87th-best player in the state of Florida, where he played for storied Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. Harris is highly respected for his coverage skills and has the potential to be a shut-down cover corner upon his arrival in Columbia. Despite only weighing 160 pounds, his film shows that he is a physical player who enjoys press coverage. He has fluid hips and good, but not great, speed. Though he is a bit light right now, his 5'11 frame should allow him to gain weight after he begins putting in his time with the strength and conditioning program.
Harris Jr. has a major opportunity to help contribute at the thinnest position on the Gamecocks' depth chart. As secondary coach Grady Brown has admitted, his 2014 starters could easily come from this year's recruiting class. Look for Harris, Jr. to not only compete for playing time, but for a starting role at one of the corner positions. His coverage ability and high football IQ give him an advantage over others that will be vying for the same position.
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