Auburn '18 GA LB - Michael Harris (Auburn Verbal)

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    Inside linebacker
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    Tucker
    Tucker, GA
    RR: 5.6
    Ht: 6'2"
    Wt: 207 lbs
    Class: 2018

    Ohio State has offered.

     
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    Will Michael Harris become the next Ohio State commitment?

    About two weeks ago, we introduced you to a linebacker from Georgia who spent the first four years of his life in Ohio and was waiting anxiously for a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

    Michael Harris, the country’s 15th-ranked inside linebacker via the 247Sports.com composite, received that offer about a week later and has been living on cloud nine ever since.

    In a sit-down interview earlier this week with DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, Harris didn’t bother holding back his excitement. Sentell poised a straightforward, non-football question to the 6-foot-2, 213-pound linebacker from Tucker, Ga.

    “If you could replay a day of your life, over and over, what’s the best day of your life so far?”

    Harris’ reply? “The Ohio State offer. That’s my favorite college. I’ve been preaching about that school since I was in diapers.”

    Normally I caution against getting too excited when a recruit starts talking about dream schools and dream offers, but there’s something different about Harris’ expressions. He seems to mean it.

    “Going through my dreams, my experiences, the things I hoped to do when I was younger?” Harris said. “Now going through and actually doing it? That’s kind of crazy to me. I was talking to [director of player personnel Mark] Pantoni, and he was like, ‘coach [Urban] Meyer wants to talk to you.’ He got on the phone and he was just like, ‘Mike, ask me how many times I’ve offered without anybody meeting them first?’ I was like, ‘How many times, coach?’

    “He was like ‘none,’ and then he gave me an offer. I started going crazy, to be honest. I didn’t say much on the phone, but that’s what he’s telling me, that I’m the first offer he gave without meeting him first. That’s special to me.”

    Now the question is fit. Ohio State will look to sign three to four linebackers in the 2018 class, and Harris hopes to be one of them. To find his way into the “dream” scenario at Ohio State, he may need to make a college decision sooner rather than later as players like Dallas Gant (Toledo, Ohio), Christopher Oats (Cincinnati) and Adrian Jackson (Denver) have the Buckeyes high on their respective lists. That may fit into his plans.

    “[Urban Meyer] says I’m their guy,” Harris said. “I hope to fit into their program. I would decide on my birthday [Friday], but I’ll decide after I take the SAT/ACT just so I know I’m straight and can get into any college I want to. I want to be qualified first.”

    Getting qualified shouldn’t be a major problem for a player whose GPA sits just under 3.0. To qualify is the next step and then, as Harris said, he’d know he could get into any school that has offered him. That includes programs such as Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He’s not forgetting the other offers he has on the table, but right now, for Harris? There’s zero doubt as to where his heart is leading him. He wants to follow in the footsteps of his favorite Buckeyes player, Ryan Shazier.

    “One hundred percent,” Harris said when asked what the chances of a commitment to Ohio State would be if he secures the necessary test scores. “I’d love to go to Alabama, Georgia, Auburn. Those are nice schools. But growing up? The Ohio State is my school. It’s where I want to go. It’s cold up there, but I’m not worried.”

    Harris has not yet visited Ohio State, and that’s something that needs to happen soon. When it does, watch out for a potential commitment.
     
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    From Keith Niebuhr: "LB Michael Harris of Tucker high in Georgia is here. Impressive frame. Long and very lean. Strong Ohio State lean right now. Auburn might be No. 2."

    From Rusty Mansell: "Michael Harris 2018 LB, 6-2.5 209 lbs, Many think headed to Ohio State, He looks really good"
     
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    From Steve Wiltfong: "Michael Harris visiting OSU the first week of April. Possible three day visit. Talks to Coach Meyer, Davis and Pantoni frequently. I added my Buckeyes pick on the Crystal Ball. Had a great visit to Georgia yesterday."
     
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    Is there still room for Georgia LB Michael Harris?

    As mentioned earlier this week, Ohio State missed on North Carolina 4-star linebacker Payton Wilson, and that was “OK.”

    It’s “OK” because by the end of May, the Buckeyes should have a pretty darn good idea of what the future of linebackers coach Billy Davis’ roster will look like. On May 16, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star prospect Dallas Gant is scheduled to announce his college decision. Two days before that, Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.) 5-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell will return from Tallahassee, Fla., where he’ll have visited Florida State for the final time before he makes a college decision sometime at the end of May.

    Right now, prevailing wisdom suggests that Ohio State is the leader for each player. If the Buckeyes land Gant and Mitchell in May, they could very well be done at linebacker, at least for a while. Players such as Lakota (Ohio) West 4-star Xavier Peters could be in line for an offer this summer if he comes and camps with the Buckeyes as expected, and if that happens, he’s almost certain to join the Ohio State recruiting class.

    That would leave one linebacker – a player who is very interested in the Buckeyes – potentially out in the cold.

    Remember Michael Harris? The Tucker (Ga.) 3-star linebacker we talked about at length in early March? Let me, if I may, refresh your memory.

    Harris, the country’s 14th-ranked inside linebacker, told SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell, that he was “100 percent” going to commit to Ohio State when he was fully cleared, academically.

    “One hundred percent,” Harris said when asked what the chances of a commitment to Ohio State would be if he secures the necessary test scores. “I’d love to go to Alabama, Georgia, Auburn. Those are nice schools. But growing up? The Ohio State is my school. It’s where I want to go. It’s cold up there, but I’m not worried.”

    But … Harris has not yet visited Ohio State, and there are no immediate plans for such a trip. With only one senior linebacker (but with the belief that Jerome Baker could be headed to the NFL following the 2017 season), the numbers at the position are very tight. Will there be room for Harris at some point? Maybe, but that’s not likely the case now, or at least until Gant and Mitchell make their decisions.

    Perhaps that’s why, despite his public assertion that he’s all Ohio State, the Crystal Ball predictions could be starting to turn for Harris. Auburn and Georgia are both on the prowl if the Buckeyes can’t find room.
     
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    WE'LL FIND OUT SOON ENOUGH

    It once was only a matter of time before Tucker, Georgia, three-star linebacker Michael Harris committed to Ohio State, all he needed was the necessary test scores. However, thhe Buckeyes have since landed a pair of four-star linebackers in Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant and remain in the hunt for four-star Solomon Tuliaupupu, thus putting Harris in a place of uncertainty.

    The 6-fooot-2, 213-pound Harris is considered the 12th-best inside linebacker and No. 250 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, as he recorded 122 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and five pass break ups on his way to being named the Region 4-AAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year last season.

    Though he's originally from Springfield, Harris hasn't visited Ohio State this spring. He plans to attend the above-mentioned one-day camp on June 17, but took third unofficial trip to Auburn this past weekend, which has things trending toward the Tigers.

    “[The Buckeyes have] been my heart since I was a youngin'. I’m looking at them first regardless,” Harris told SEC Country. “I’m going to be looking to see if they have the same energy as the way they text me. They always update me with new stuff. They send me videos. Coach Meyer’s always telling me that I’m his type of guy. I’m a linebacker he needs. When I get up there on campus, I’ll see if they actually show me that love that they want me and [that he is] a part of their family alread. But if they don’t have that type of vibe or that link with me, it’s going to be a different look for other schools.”

    If Harris leaves Columbus without committing, the chances of him returning will be slim to none.
     
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    Michael Harris • 2018 LB • Tucker, GA (Tucker) • ★★★★

    Tucker, Georgia linebacker Michael Harris is expected to work out for the Ohio State staff today, and it's probably going to take one heck of a performance for him to earn the green light. Harris is projected to be more of an inside linebacker at the next level, so the addition of Teradja Mitchell may spell bad news for the four-star who grew up dreaming of playing for Ohio State.

    Still, Harris will get his shot today. If he shows enough athleticism to play multiple linebacker spots, then that will certainly help his cause. With the aforementioned K'Vaughan Pope and California's Solomon Tuliaupupu still being targeted, the Buckeyes are likely to wait things out a bit.
     
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    Michael Harris impresses, but now what?

    The wild week of the linebacker in Columbus has come and gone.

    On Tuesday, Ohio State hosted Virginia’s K’Vaughan Pope, who was expected to commit before leaving campus. Rather, Pope left campus without doing so but still raving about his trip, telling Land of 10 that he “can’t get enough” of Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes were planning to host 4-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu this weekend, but those plans fell through, meaning all eyes were on Tucker (Ga.) 4-star Michael Harris on Saturday. Harris has been anything but shy about his plans since landing an Ohio State offer in early March. The question is whether he’ll have the opportunity to make that dream a reality. He took his swing at being linebacker No. 3 in the Buckeyes 2018 class Saturday.

    Harris walks — and talks — like a kid who owns every room he’s in. There’s an undeniable confidence and, though I hate this word in some respects, “swagger” about him. He did not look like I expected the country’s 11th-ranked inside linebacker to look, but he’s also not likely to be an inside linebacker at the next level. He seemed taller than 6-foot-2, his listed height, and you can see that he’s not yet begun to fill out his frame.

    In drills, Harris is fluid and explosive, showing himself to be both a quick learner and a very natural athlete. From watching Harris and Pope this week, I can see why Ohio State is recruiting both of them and I can see a case for either to be in this class. That said, I am struggling to see a scenario where both players get that chance.

    Pope is a different style of linebacker than Harris, who has a similar style to say, Dallas Gant, who he worked out with on Saturday. If you’re Ohio State, the decision coming is this: With the likely departure of Jerome Baker to the NFL draft following the 2017 season, do you skip on Pope — who is more that kind of linebacker — for a player in Harris that you already have in Gant, Keandre Jones, Malik Harrison and others?

    For my money, it’s Pope that is more likely to end up in Columbus, and then the Buckeyes can chase the aforementioned Tuliaupupu, or dream reallybig and go hard after Southern California commitment Palaie Gaoteote until signing day.

    But I’ve been wrong before.
     
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