Two programs still pursuing Florida commit Harris, who has official visit date set

May 21, 2022 | 0 comments

In receiving a commitment from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star offensive lineman Knijeah Harris‍ Florida is not only getting a versatile player on the field, but a dogged recruiter off of it. 

On Thursday evening Harris was the starting center at the beginning of the Ascenders' spring game but then later moved to left guard.

“I can play center or guard,” said Harris. “That's one of the things about Florida, they really love my versatility. I can line up anywhere in the middle and they feel like I have the ability to pull out and lead plays.”

The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder pledged to Florida back on May 7 after accumulating over 30 offers from the likes of Alabama, Miami, and Texas A&M. 

Three weeks after the fact, Harris said he hasn't experienced any ‘buyers’ remorse’ to this point.

“It was good to get that weight off of my shoulders,” said Harris. “I knew where I wanted to go so I got that out of the way and now I'm able to start really recruiting these guys before they start making their decisions.”

In the short time he has been committed, Harris has already started to flex his muscles on Florida's behalf along the recruiting trail. Not only does he actively recruit on social media, but according to IMG teammates Will Norman and Francis Mauigoa he is constantly on his fellow teammates in person as well.

“I say I'm recruiting them, but really I’m not,” said Harris. “What I'm doing is I’m sharing my experience. My message to them is, 'You don't have to leave the state of Florida to be great, to have the best college experience. Why not Florida?' Florida has the location, the fans, the coaching staff, everything. Why not Florida? Why not stay in this state and be great?”

One of the main reasons Harris is so high on Florida now compared to just a year ago has to do with the direction the program is heading under the new staff compared to the previous one.

“They've turned things around,” explained Harris. “There's a much more family feel up there. For me, there was a big change in how they approach you as a player. The difference between how Coach [Billy] Napier comes across compared to the old coaches is the biggest thing. It goes all the way down the line to the support staff, and the nutritionists. Everyone has the same focus now.”

What is that focus?

“The focus is on making it a family. It’s getting to know you and finding out what you are about and doing right by the players as people not just what you can do for them as a player. I really feel like Coach Napier has Florida on the path to building a great program that will win a National Championship.”

It isn't just Napier who has impressed Harris. He said that the visit where he got to watch a spring practice session is what really helped sell him on the idea that Florida was his best option.

“I love those guys,” Harris said of offensive line coaches Rob Sale and Darnell Singleton. “To see how they work with their players, the attention to detail they have at practice, I don't think I could get better coaching anywhere else.”

Since his commitment to the Gators, Harris said that most college coaches have backed off, all but two SEC programs that is.

“I haven't been answering them back, but LSU and Alabama have contacted me since I committed to Florida,” said Harris.

Harris said he will take his official visit to Florida on June 10th and for now, doesn't plan on taking any other visits.

Harris is the No. 383 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.

The Inside Scoop: He not only sounded solid but he is the current commit who is most active in recruiting for Florida. I may be reading too much into it, but he did say ‘right now’ when he said he didn’t plan on taking visits anywhere else. Adding that qualifier could mean that the door isn’t completely shut to taking other official visits.

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