Five-star corner A.J. Harris excited to get back to Ohio State

HOPE HULL, Ala. — Ohio State will welcome one of its top recruiting targets, regardless of position or class, back to Columbus this weekend as five-star cornerback A.J. Harris is set to make his return visit. The Phenix City (AL) Glenwood School standout is one of the nation’s top junior prospects and has been a key target for Ryan Day and Kerry Coombs for several months now.

After a successful June visit which saw Harris work out for the Ohio State staff, the five-star talent and his parents will head to Columbus on Friday afternoon and then take in the home contest against Maryland on Saturday before heading home.

For Harris, it will be a very different perspective than the one he got back in June when campus was virtually empty.

“This is just (about) the atmosphere,” Harris told BuckeyeScoop.com on Thursday night. “I already love Ohio. I already love coach Coombs. I love the recruiting class that they are bringing in, so I already have a lot of love (for Ohio State). But just making sure that I see the atmosphere that the fans bring, see how they prepare for the games and just seeing if I could be a part of it, which I already feel like I can because coach Coombs already gave me the rundown.”

Ohio State’s defense was heavily criticized early this season and has since put together a couple of bounce back performances. Harris, who says he has watched every OSU game this season, heard the criticisms but likes what he has seen out of the Buckeyes in their most recent performances.

“They crushed coach Coombs, and that’s my guy,” Harris said of hearing the criticism. “I didn’t really like seeing that, but he’s definitely turning it around. Just seeing what they’re strong at, what they’re weak at, he’s definitely preparing accordingly. I just love how coach Coombs can adjust, he’s doing a great job (adjusting) and I believe he’ll continue to do so. It’s just fun to see them making adjustments week by week, starting off slow, but picking up momentum now with a dominant performance against Rutgers.”

Harris’ phone has been lit up like a Christmas tree since September 1, the date that college coaches could start texting. Because of that, Harris recently made further cuts to his list and is working with a top seven. That will perhaps be the final cut that Harris makes to his list before a winter decision. Right now, a tentative date of January 11th has been set, but things could move up a few weeks, especially as Harris wraps up his fall game day visits.

“I didn’t tell nobody this but I might commit December 13th after I see all of the games,” Harris revealed. “December 13th or January 11th. My mom’s birthday is December 13th and my birthday is January 11th.”

Hear more from one of the nation’s top class of 2023 prospects below in our 1-on-1 with Harris from Thursday night.