Position: Defensive End
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
247 Sports Composite Rating: .8622
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, and Utah
Spring Enrollee: No
You’re going to hear a lot of people describe Harris as a “pure pass rusher.” In fact, he is a perfect fit for the “R” position currently occupied by Carter Coughlin and Tai’yon Devers. Harris has a high motor and bursts off the ball. His reputation as a speed rusher also comes from the fact that he doesn’t necessarily have the size to look the part at 6’3’’, 225 lbs., but some work in a college weight room will help add the power and strength needed to defend against the run. He does have the speed and athleticism to drop into coverage, which is the kind of versatility that head coach P.J. Fleck and co. covet on defense.
The Gophers are in desperate need of an effective edge rusher not named Carter Coughlin, who could be moving back to linebacker for his senior season. That leaves redshirt senior Winston DeLattiboudere, senior Tai’yon Devers, and redshirt sophomore Esezi Otomewo as the most experienced defensive ends next season, none of whom have exactly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with up to this point. That leaves the door for open a redshirt or true freshman defensive end to step up, but I’m looking more to Alex Reigelsperger, Mayan Ahanotu, and Abi Okonji, as opposed to the two true freshman defensive ends in this class.