« Top 60 Countdown: No. 50, OL Brandon Washington | Main | Top 60 Countdown: No. 49, OL Harland Gunn »

Top 60 Countdown: No. 20, CB Brandon Harris

As we inch closer to toward the top spot in the countdown of the top 60 players at the University of Miami, we hit No. 20: CB Brandon Harris. The South Florida product and younger brother of former UM track star Tim Harris came to UM with high expectations. Will he live up to them?

Brandon Harris wears No. 1 and will be UM's No. 1 corner in 2009. But he's No. 20 on our list. > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Landing Harris was a major coup on National Signing Day. The former track and football standout at Miami Booker T. Washington High was The Miami Herald's Class 6A-4A Athlete of The Year and Gatorade's Player of the Year in Florida. He had more than 1,069 all-purpose yards on offense and made 49 tackles, five sacks and four picks while playing safety and corner. Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN had him ranked a consensus Top 100 national player and a top three national corner.

> What he's done as a Cane: Although he played in all 13 games and started six of them at left corner, Harris had some struggles as a freshman. At 5-10, 190 pounds, Florida State's big receivers exploited him for three scores and two pass interference penalties. He finished the season with 26 tackles including making his first interception in the regular season finale at N.C. State. He also served as a kick returner and had 13 returns for 274 yards, including a career-long 41 yard return versus Texas A&M. He looked sharp in the spring, tallying four tackles and one pass breakup in the spring game.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Harris is the most talented corner UM has recruited since Kelly Jennings was around. Ask Randy Shannon about his secondary and the player he is most excited about is Harris. The Hurricanes desperately need Harris to deliver this season. We expect him to do that and be in the starting lineup versus the Seminoles and the rest of the season alongside either senior Chavez Grant or Demarcus Van Dyke. One thing Harris has the ability to do is break on balls and create turnovers. As a sophomore, the Hurricanes will urge him to do more of that now.