All of the rumors and speculation were confirmed today when Derek Dooley was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. The head coach search has already begun and the current class of Tennessee recruits has already taken a few hits.
Upon hearing the news, some prospects are shying away from the Volunteers or eliminating them all together. Many of them are still getting the news and deciding what their next step should be. The latter would be a good descriptor of Paul Harris's mindset right now. The Upper Marlboro (Md.) Frederick Douglass product is in the process of getting all the information but for the moment, Harris is still going to be a Volunteer.
"I don't think I'm going to look around at other schools," said the 6-foot-4, 186-pound four-star wide receiver. "I think I'm still fully committed to Tennessee.
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"I'm going to call the staff and see who they are looking at," the four-star Harris explained. "Hopefully I can form a good relationship with the new coach and, if not, then my mom and I will look elsewhere."
Harris had previously said the relationship he had with Derek Dooley and the other coaches is the reason he committed.
"I'm just getting the news," he said. "It's unfortunate and it's a bad situation."
Harris is graduating in December so he can start college in January.