On Tuesday evening, 5-star cornerback A.J. Harris released his top schools, and to no surprise, the Buckeyes made the list.
The Buckeyes, along with Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Florida, Miami, USC and Utah are the teams that Harris will focus on going forward.
Harris is one of the top prospects in the class of 2023, and is a playmaker that the Buckeyes would love to have. Harris told Buckeye Scoop that his relationship with the coaching staff and the pedigree of defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs are just a couple of things that stand out to him about Ohio State.
“My genuine relationship with Coach Coombs, he’s a proven product to produce DB’s that go to the league, they’re building a Championship level team and me and my family totally hit it off with Coach Day as well as the rest of the coaching staff,” Harris said
Harris competed in The Opening last weekend in California and was one of the standout performers at the event. He finished with four interceptions, three which were returned for touchdowns, while also recording four pass-breakups in 7-on-7 play.
Harris told Buckeye Scoop last week that he’s planning on making it back to Ohio State for a game this fall. He visited Ohio State in mid-June and during that visit, he worked out with defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and talked with head coach Ryan Day.
After the visit, he told Buckeye Scoop’s Mark Givler that the love that the coaches showed him while he was on campus resonated with him.
“Coach Coombs and coach Day, it just felt really genuine,” Harris said to Givler. “Even the coaches that aren’t my position coaches, the linebacker coach, the receivers coach, they all showed me love when I was on campus. That’s something that’s big for me because I know that position coaches can leave at any time so I know that I’d have a good support system if I decided to pick that program.”