On National Signing Day, quarterback Treon Harris made his commitment to Florida official, flipping from FSU in a ceremony at Booker T. Washington High School. And now we can formally congratulate Treon on the day he became a Florida Gator.
Harris's recruitment was a fun one — for Gators, anyway — and his highlights foretell a positive future impact for Florida, maybe as soon as this fall.
Harris, one of the more interesting prospects in the country this year, is a dual-threat quarterback from Miami, Florida, where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. Harris projects as a multi-purpose, dual-threat quarterback at Florida, too, and had his recruitment take off when Florida offered him during the late stages of the 2014 cycle.
Harris, a former Florida State commit, narrowed his choices down to FSU, Miami, Auburn and UF, taking visits to Florida, Auburn, and Miami before eventually choosing the Gators on National Signing Day.
Harris is probably the most debated prospect on Florida's board in terms of where he projects moving forward — if it's not him, it's Deiondre Porter, another mobile quarterback who has a lot of versatility. Harris was extremely effective as a quarterback for Booker T. Washington, leading the Tornadoes to a 2013 state title and the mythical high school national championship, but is often criticized due to his size, as he stands at or just under six feet tall. This concern has led some scouts to wonder whether his future lies at another position, but the four-star player was adamant about being offered as a quarterback, and committed to play that role at FSU before doing the same with Florida.
I don't expect Treon to take a redshirt his freshman year, primarily due to Florida's poor depth at QB, and Tyler Murphy's recent transfer to Boston College; Harris is probably most like Murphy as a player among recent comparable Gators. I also think part of Kurt Roper's pitch to Harris was the two-quarterback system he has run successfully at Duke. Fans should expect some Harris in 2014, but more so in 2015, as he could possibly split reps with Jeff Driskel and eventually Will Grier as a situational player.