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Hurricanes Add Another 2014 Pass Rusher

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:01pm

Despite growing up as a Florida Gator fan, Trent Harris committed on Monday to the Miami Hurricanes. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound three-start product (per Rivals.com and 247Sports.com) is a native of Winter Park, Florida, and is the third defensive end in the class of 2014 to commit to the Canes.

Harris is being recruited as a weak-side defensive end. His size may not drop jaws, but his speed and explosiveness off the line make him an elite prospect. Last season, as a junior, Harris recorded 50 tackles and 11 sacks for Winter Park High School.

Harris' offer list exceeded 20, but the three finalists for his services were Miami, Ohio State and Florida. Deciding against Wil Muschamp and the Gators was no easy choice, though.

During a live broadcast from , Harris stressed how he had to make his decision as a player, not as a fan: "I liked Florida since I was little, but I'm not little any more. I needed to make a grown man's choice of what to do and what will be best to further my abilities. Florida just wasn't going to work out for me and so Miami is the best choice."

247Sports ranks Harris as the 32nd-best weak-side defensive end in the country, and the 83rd-best player in Florida, a state known for its fertile recruiting grounds. While there is a chance he may eventually move to linebacker, Harris will start out on the defensive line when he arrives on the Coral Gables campus.

Miami's recruitment of Harris was led by the team's defensive line coach, Jethro Franklin, whose honesty impressed the young defensive end. "He gave me the basic facts about the school," Harris told . "And has been really down to earth with me the whole time."

It was more than Franklin's sincerity that attracted Harris to The U, though. Additionally, the school's ability to successfully transform its players into NFL prospects played a huge role in his decision-making process.

Head coach Al Golden appears to be on the right track in rebuilding the brand of football accustomed to fans of The U. The Hurricanes' 2014 recruiting class, which sits at 24 commitments, currently ranks as .

Click for highlights of Harris in action.