Donell Harris backs off ‘Canes pledge, reclassifies

One of the top prospects in the 2021 class has decommitted from Miami and reclassified to the 2020 class all in the same day. Four-star defensive end Donell Harris, who visited Florida State last weekend, announced the news Thursday afternoon.

Harris had been committed to the Hurricanes for almost a year, now he’ll be looking for a new home. You can bet his recruiting process will begin to ramp up after his decision to graduate a year early. The Seminoles are expected to be in the thick of the race, holding 50% of the Crystal Ball predictions for the four-star prospect.

The Miami native possesses a unique blend of power and explosion off the edge despite his lesser weight for the defensive end position. He knows how to use his hands to fight off offensive linemen and has a quick spin-move that allows him to easily shed blockers. Plays with a mean streak and passion that should serve him well at the next level.

Harris recorded 49 total tackles and 12 sacks as a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School. Those numbers should only improve as he continues to grow into his body. Right now, Harris has the same type of frame that Brian Burns had when he came to FSU. Burns was 6-foot-4.5, 209-pounds when he signed with the ‘Noles while Harris is 6-foot-4, 210-pounds as he heads into the final season of his prep career.

The talented defensive end prospect is currently ranked as the No. 4 overall player, the No. 1 DE, and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida in the class of 2021 by 247Sports. It’ll be interesting to see where he winds up in the rankings after the recruiting sites reclassify him to 2020.

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