December 6, 2009

Rebels make impression on four-star cornerback

Four-star cornerback Mike Harris committed to Florida State last Thursday.

One day later, the Miami native traveled to Ole Miss for an official visit anyway.

The trip to Oxford, Harris said Sunday afternoon, was an eye-opener.

"It was good," Harris said as he waited at the Memphis airport for his flight back to California, where he's enrolled at El Camino Community College. "I really liked it. I didn't know what to expect. I had an idea it would be pretty good and it was. I really enjoyed it."

Harris was hosted by his former high school teammate, Ole Miss freshman safety Frank Crawford.

"(Crawford) said the coaches will take care of you and they'll stand by you as a player and a person," Harris said. "He said they really care."

Harris also got a chance to see Ole Miss go through a couple of practices. Ole Miss (8-4) is headed to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2 to face Oklahoma State.

"It's real up-tempo, high intensity and really competitive," Harris said. "I feel like I'd fit in real good with the scheme, the players and the defense as a whole.

"I think I'd be able to come in and make an immediate impact. They have a couple of young guys (at cornerback), but they don't know if they're ready. They're looking for an older guy, and if I were to come in, that would definitely be my role."

Harris, who has multiple offers from teams all over the nation, will travel cross-country on Friday to take an official visit to Florida State. He said he plans to decide between the Rebels and Seminoles after his time in Tallahassee.

"I'll be able to compare everything and I'll be able to get a better feel," Harris said. "I'd never been to Mississippi before this weekend and I've never been to Tallahassee either."

Harris said new Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told him the Seminoles hope to have a defensive coordinator in place by the end of the week to replace long-time assistant Mickey Andrews. Regardless of the person pegged to run the Seminoles' defense, Harris said he knows what Florida State's sales pitch will be.

"It's a lot like Ole Miss," Harris said. "They're looking for an older guy to come in and compete and lock things up on one side of the field for them. That would be my role if I were to come into that situation."

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