Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This edition covers the latest with 5-star junior CB AJ Harris. He’s just over the state line in Alabama.
AJ Harris has looked at the recruiting process as a necessary exercise for a long time. He set out to identify the target schools. Harris and his family do diligent research. They now study every last little thing.
Live the decision. Own it. Then be done with it and start working to get ready to play in college.
“I’ve always told you that I want to get my commitment over with as soon as possible so I could just focus on the football aspect and then know where I am going,” Harris said. “I would say that I am down to about five schools right now. Looking to make a commitment sometime during the season after I go attend some games.”
Harris is not going to formally name a top five. He told DawgNation on Wednesday the next time he announces something, it will be where he is going to school.
“I told ya’ll the next time you hear about another school it will be about a commitment,” he said.
But there are five standing out. It is probably best to phrase that as those are the five schools left standing.
The fans who fervently follow Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State can feel fortunate. They’ve made the final group for a 5-star CB already so advanced in his development that NFL first-rounder Jaycee Horn feels is ready to play big-time college football this fall.
Harris will only be a junior this fall. He’s set to dominate the Alabama Independent Schools Association at Glenwood School. That’s about two miles over the Georgia state line.
Georgia’s relationship with Harris goes back a long way. He was an early middle school camper at Kirby Smart’s earliest summer camps after he arrived at UGA in December of 2015.
It seems likely that the Bulldogs will always be in this chase here. Harris lights up when he mentions Smart. He even threw an impromptu shout-out to Smart on camera while discussing the remaining steps of his process on Wednesday afternoon.
It was interesting. Especially in a race where Clemson and Ohio State have hit a lot of high notes recently. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney told him this summer he makes no promises to any recruit. He did make one to Harris. It was that he was going to love him if he came to play for his program.
That sentiment touched Harris. It appealed to the very narrow scope of what he is looking for.
Harris hopes to see all of those schools at some time this fall. Travel will be hard with his high school schedule. Yet the aim will be to see games involving all five of those options.
Clemson vs. Georgia. Oregon at Ohio State. Those two early tilts have caught his eye. It will be hard logistically for him to attend either of those, but he’s trying to figure out a way regardless.
What is he looking for right now?
“Just the best place for me to go as far as putting me in the best position to achieve my dreams of playing in the NFL,” Harris said. “But my education will always be first. Making sure they have my major to take care of me on or off the field.”
He’s looking to major in either business or physical therapy in college.
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