Phil Kornblut

July 12, 2013

Al Harris Jr. makes commitment to USC

Last week defensive back Al Harris Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., indicated he might commit to USC within a couple of weeks. He followed through on Friday.

Last week defensive back Al Harris Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., indicated he might commit to USC within a couple of weeks. He followed through on Friday, announcing his pledge to the Gamecocks over Louisville.

He also considered Florida State, Wisconsin, Arkansas and NC State.

Harris Jr. is the son of former NFL standout cornerback Al Harris, who is now an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris Jr. is actually in Kansas City now training for the upcoming season and contacted the Gamecocks from there with his pledge.

"I really like the scheme they run. It fits my abilities," Harris Jr. said. "I like the overall feel of the school. And I'll have the chance to play early and make an impact."

Harris is a corner and considers himself to be a strong pass defender.

"I'll be able to play a lot of man-to-man and play a lot of press coverage," he said. "That's mainly what I do. That's the main technique I use."

And it doesn't hurt to learn his craft from a former NFL star.

"I work with him more than any other person, he taught me everything I know," Harris Jr. said of his dad, adding that he has some of the attributes as a player his father had.

Harris Jr. said the commitment ends his recruiting.

He's the Gamecocks' 10th commitment for the 2014 class and the third for the secondary.

He is a consensus three-star prospect and the nation's 47th best cornerback, according to Scout.

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