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Five-star CB Denver Harris details decision to sign with Texas A&M

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Denver Harris is the nation's No. 2 cornerback and No. 1 focus for many Power 5 programs and their fans after the Early Signing Period came and went, and still no word from the soft-spoken elite recruit.

The five-star cornerback signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, but he didn't want a media circus with his decision hovering around him 72 hours away from the Texas 6A D1 championship game. Harris, who watched the converse unravel when he was an underclassman at Galena Park North Shore with Zach Evans two years ago instead took an alternate route.

After a brilliant performance by the North Shore defense, including a very physical showing from Harris, this cycle's ultimate man draped in mystery took a necklace honoring his fallen brother Jordan Bilbo from his mother, who then watched as her son sprint off 11 months removed from a serious ACL injury celebrate his second state championship in the past three years. Then, Rochell Harris fired off the tweet that many have been anticipating since the beginning of the week.

The nation's No. 12 overall player is an Aggie.

"I turned in my phone last night and I did everything I was supposed to," Harris told Rivals after helping the Mustangs overcome Dallas-area powerhouse Duncanville, who the five-star cornerback faced as a sophomore.

"After all the coaching changes and everything, it became chaos," he continued. "Everything was unable; the most stable environment was A&M. My family loved it over there. I loved it over there. It's close to home, and even though that part wasn't really important to me for a while, it all worked out."

"It all worked in Texas A&M's way," Harris added.

Texas A&M is sitting with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class with the early signing window behind us. He's one of three five-stars n the haul thus far along with Tennessee defensive tackle Walter Nolan and fellow in-state standout Evan Stewart out of Frisco Liberty.

"The No. 1 recruiting class in the country," a very jubilant Harris said, "and No. 1 in the state. This feeling is crazy to come out here and win state. I committed. Now, I don't have to worry about anything anymore. I can focus on being a kid for a little bit."

A little bit is right.

After the holidays, Harris will head to Orlando and play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2. Nine days later, he'll move from Alief to College Station.

After wrestling with this decision for months, especially as time wound down for a mid-year graduate hopeful to enroll in the spring and compete for a starting job wherever he chose. Then an unprecedented coaching carousel, which saw Jimbo Fisher rumored to take over at LSU and Corey Raymond departing for Florida, among other turbulent shakeups nationwide.

In College Station, Jimbo Fisher won over Harris with consistency and opportunity. Ultimately, the latter was enough for one of Texas' best defenders the past three seasons and a seasoned champion.

"They showed a lot of progress and a lot of improvement," Harris said. "Beating 'Bama ... even though they fell short in other games, they beat 'Bama. They're going somewhere and our class can change the whole A&M environment. We can change it up and we can do something."

Harris certainly brings experience in that category.