In a move we've been anticipating since the summer, Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Da'John Harris announced at halftime of the Offense-Defense Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida that he'll be attending USC in the fall. Harris has been a heavy Trojan lean since picking up the offer from USC back in early May.
"USC has the best defense in the country and I'm excited to be a part of it," Harris said. "I love the coaches there and I want to win and USC gives me the best chance to do that. Plus it's close to home and I wanted my family to be able to come and see me play."
Harris was nearly giddy back in May when we talked to him the day he first picked up the offer from SC.
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"That's the school I've always dreamed of playing for," Harris said at the time. "I've always wanted to play for the Trojans so just getting the offer is huge to me. I'm not ready to commit yet but it's definitely going to take a lot for anyone to beat them out."
That's something no one was able to do as USC held off Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon, Harris' other finalist. The tackle took his official visit to USC the weekend of (Dec. 15) and there was much talk that the talented lineman told the coaches he was coming at that time.
In Harris, the Trojans are getting one of the nation's top defensive tackles with untapped potential. The tackle still has a baby face and isn't even close to physically maturing. At 6-4, 270 pounds, Harris has already proven to be a man among boys at the high school level and we could easily see him at around 295 pounds or so within just a few years as he continues to fill out and gets locked in to a college weight room.