Groveland (Fla.) South Lake junior safety Marcell Harris was amongst the large group of underclassmen visitors that attended Saturday night's marquee match-up between Florida and Alabama, which was held at Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound defensive back said he enjoyed the experience, despite the home team coming up short in the clash.
"They didn't come out with a win but they will in other years," Harris said of the Gators. "They looked like they did pretty good on defense until the second half, but the offense has got to score while the defense has to stop them from scoring. It was a hard-fought game."
The Central Florida prospect was paying close attention to the way that Florida's secondary worked together and functioned as a group in the defensive scheme.
"On defense I saw a lot of communication," Harris said. "The safeties move around a lot and the defensive backs did pretty well overall I thought in their packages."
While Florida came up short, Harris said that 'The Swamp' made quite the impression under the lights.
"The environment was really good," Harris said. "There were a lot of fans there. It was really loud. They were really into it."
Harris left immediately after the game so he didn't have an opportunity to speak with any of the coaches on Will Muschamp's staff while he was on campus. Previous visits to Florida have allowed him to build a bond with the staff already.
In addition to the relationship he has built with the current staff at Florida, Harris has family ties to the SEC program. His father, Mike Harris, played at Florida in the 90's. That would lead some to believe that Florida is his leader, but that isn't how he is approaching his recruitment.
"I am just laying out all my choices and trying to think of which school is good for me and my education," Harris said. "I just want to find the right place that fits me and will help me prepare myself. I am not really worried about that right now. When the time comes, I am just going to go over everything with my mom, my dad, and my coaches. I will just lay out all my options and do the best I can to find the place that fits me the best."
All that being said, he admits that his father's time at Florida does make it an appealing choice and one that will be in the picture throughout the process.
"That would be any young man's dream to go to and play at the same college that his dad did," Harris said. "But I have to make the best decision for me."
Harris, who has also visited Florida State for a game this season, said he wants to try and visit a few other campuses for games during the season. Some possible destinations mentioned included Alabama, LSU, and Texas.