Once Ronnie Harris, a three-star cornerback from Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake, got accepted into Stanford, there never was any doubt about which school he'd pick.
On Saturday, Harris made it official.
"Today is the day I committed to Stanford University," Harris said. "It's one of the greatest days of my life."
At 3 a.m. last Wednesday, Harris' parents were awaken by a phone call from the Stanford coaching staff, who informed them their son had been admitted into the prestigious university.
"That was basically the day that changed my life," Harris said. "It meant a lot to me."
Why not commit then?
Well, Harris had a pretty good reason for holding off a bit.
"Today is my grandma's (Georgia Wade) 60th birthday," Harris said. "I wanted to give her something to look forward to. It's also my parents' anniversary. I called Stanford early this morning. I actually woke my coach [Derek Mason] up. But he said it was great to hear the news."
Harris chose the Cardinal over Air Force, which he recently visited.
"It went really well," Harris said. "I really enjoyed it. Everything was first class and I just got the sense the school actually wanted me. Some schools recruit you so other schools can't have you, but they actually wanted me. Their football program is on the rise."
Stanford has been the front-runner for the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Harris, who carries a 3.8 GPA, for some time. He visited the campus last fall and wasn't deterred when head coach Jim Harbaugh recently left to take the same position with the San Francisco 49'ers.
Harbaugh's replacement, former Cardinal offensive coordinator David Shaw, visited Harris last week in Atlanta.