Marcell Harris commits to Florida: Gators get another recruiting coup

Al Messerschmidt

Orlando Dr. Phillips safety Marcell Harris ended months of speculation that he would be a Gator by announcing it on Thursday.

Marcell Harris will be enforcing the no-fly zone in Florida's secondary. The Orlando Dr. Phillips safety committed to Florida on Thursday, announcing it to reporters at his school during a commitment ceremony.

Harris, a four-star safety according to Rivals and 247Sports and the No. 73 player in the country according to 247Sports' composite ratings, chose Florida over Texas, Florida State, and Oklahoma. Harris had long been considered a Florida lean because of his proximity to UF and his father's previous experience as a Gator (Mike Harris was part of Florida's 1996 national championship team), but kept his recruitment quiet.

The day got a surge of drama with the arrival of Harris' younger brother, wearing a Florida State hat, a Texas shirt, and Florida shorts. But it was not to be for the other schools that coveted Harris.

At 6'1" and 209 pounds, Harris has excellent size for a safety in Will Muschamp's system. And as an early enrollee who will make it to campus in January and get a head start on Jeff Dillman's strength and conditioning program, he could be in the mix at one of the safety positions as early as the end of spring practice.

Harris' commitment is Florida's 21st for the class of 2013. The Gators have assembled a class that will be in the top five for most recruiting services come National Signing Day, and there are still a few more names on the board for Muschamp's staff.

Additionally, Harris joins an imposing class of secondary players: Five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and highly-ranked Nick Washington and Keanu Neal were already on board with Florida.

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