Treon Harris and his family members knew his college recruitment was going to pick up tremendously at the end of his high school season.
It’s even something Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was hoping to avoid with his commitment from Miami Booker T. Washington since last July.
“Coach Fisher knew the type of talent Treon had as a quarterback,” older brother Tim Harris Jr. said, “and he told my dad, [Booker T. coach Tim ‘Ice’ Harris] that a long time ago.
“‘Coach [Ice], I know he’s committed to us right now, but I understand that schools are going to come after him late in the game, and my job is to just fight them off. He’s going to have other schools come after him sooner or later.’ And [Fisher] was hoping that Treon stayed a secret for him throughout the whole process, but [Fisher] knew there was going to come a time where he’s going to have to fight for him.”
He took an official visit to UF this past weekend, and has official visits set up to Auburn on Jan. 24 and Miami on Jan. 31. He also has an in-home visit set up with Gators coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday night. Tim Harris Jr. expects FSU, Auburn and Miami to also stop by for in-home visits, but nothing is set at this time.
As for his younger brother’s visit to UF, Harris said it was “pretty good” as the quarterback got to check out Gainesville socially with the current crop of Gators, and also watched film with UF’s new offensive coordinator, Kurt Roper.
“It was all positive,” Harris said. “[Treon] was able to see [UF’s new offense] first-hand. It’s just if he can visualize himself there the next four years.” Harris said was not sure if his brother spent any time on the visit with Will Grier – UF’s early enrollee quarterback from Davidson, N.C. – or Tampa Jefferson athlete Deiondre Ponder, who committed to UF on Monday and could either play receiver, cornerback or quarterback for the Gators.
As for Auburn and Miami, both schools are also looking for another freshman quarterback to join their rosters next season. Auburn has locked up Davie University School’s Sean White, while UM has Brad Kaaya from West Hills (Ca.) Chaminade High. Both White and Kaaya took official visits to their respective schools this past weekend.
“Treon, he don’t really worry about anything like that,” Harris said. “Coming from where we’re from and how we’ve always had to compete. "That’s never been an issue at all.”
As for UM – a school with many ties with the Harris family – trying to land the youngest Harris might be an uphill battle. Tim “Ice” Harris was an assistant coach on Randy Shannon’s staff at UM, Tim Harris Jr. was an All-American at track and field, and older brother Brandon was an All-American cornerback for UM and currently plays for Houston Texans.
But for Treon Harris, who recently received the scholarship offer to exclusively play quarterback, Tim Harris Jr. said, “[Treon is] open to listening to them but they’re trying to make up a lot of ground in a short time.”
With FSU still very much in the lead, Treon Harris is just looking for some final clarity among the four schools on his list.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot more [FSU] can tell [Treon],” Tim Harris Jr. said. “That’s what you have to respect about Florida State. They know they were the first school to jump on him as a quarterback and be truthful with him about [keeping him at the position].
“And even with the new schools jumping on him now, they’re not trying to deter him from visiting schools like a lot of other schools do out there.”