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Shutting it down
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Class of 2018 prospect Brendon Harris committed to Tennessee in May, and he said he is done talking to other schools.
The Baylor School product said after his first game of the season against Notre Dame that he wants to focus on his senior season and becoming a better player. He does not want the distractions of a lingering recruitment.
“I like that I committed early,” Harris said. “I don’t hear from too many schools anymore, so I can just focus on my high school season. I’m still talking to the coaches and coach [Butch] Jones, and they still show me love.”
Harris plays safety and running back for Baylor and scored 2 touchdowns on runs covering 2 and 25 yards in Baylor’s 42-21 win.
Tennessee wants Harris as a safety. The Vols might need help in the back of the defense early in Harris’ career.
Tennessee will lose senior Todd Kelly Jr. at the end of the season and junior Micah Abernathy will have only one season of eligibility left when Harris comes to campus.
The Vols pushed the playing-time pitch the most, and Harris responded to what he heard.
“They need some help in the secondary,” Harris said. “So they just want me to come in and be that freshman that can make an early impact.”
Harris joined a strong Tennessee recruiting class in May — one that got stronger over the summer.
The strength particularly comes from in-state players. Nine of the commits in the class come from the Volunteer State. Harris said the in-state ties make the class different from others across the country.
“I feel like it’s a special kind of class,” Harris said. “They’ve put together key guys. They knew who they wanted and went and got them. They are in-state guys and we’ve already come together as a brotherhood and as a family. We’ve been talking with each other and [are] excited to get up there. I feel like this class can take us somewhere.”
Tennessee’s 2018 class ranks No. 6 in the country and No. 1 in the SEC, according to 247Sports team rankings.
Jones has taken back the state in this cycle. As long as Jones continues that trend, the Vols will continually be one of the top teams in the SEC East.
Winning on Rocky Top with in-state players means more at Tennessee, and Harris is a perfect example.
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