HOOVER, Ala. -- Tennessee's football coaches started their day Tuesday with good news.
Maryland receiver Paul Harris became the Volunteers' 14th commitment for the 2013 recruiting class around 8 a.m. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Upper Marlboro's Frederick Douglass High School is UT's third receiver committed for the class, following Knoxville's Josh Smith and Camion Patrick.
A three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Harris is rated as a four-star player, the nation's No. 31 receiver and No. 214 prospect nationally by Rivals.com. His finalists were Southern Cal, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, and he had scholarship offers also from Virginia Tech, Washington and Mississippi State, among others. Harris made his official visit to UT in May.
While at Nike's The Opening event earlier this month, Harris told CBSSports he was "tempted to commit" during his visit to USC. He said he was "hearing a lot of ifs, ands and buts'" about the security of the Vols' coaching staff, but that did not deter him from picking UT.
"I loved it down there," he told CBSSports. "I could really see myself playing there. I think I can be a part of what they have down there. They say you're a Vol for life, and that sounds good to me."
UT wraps up its second on-campus summer camp for high school prospects today.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...