LAWRENCE — Kansas football’s coveted secondary commit out of New Orleans proved to be a man of his word Wednesday.
Four-star cornerback Corione Harris, one of two top-100 prospects at Landry-Walker High School to surprise the recruiting world in February with his oral commitment to KU, made the decision official by signing his national letter of intent on the first of a three-day early signing window.
The No. 97-ranked national prospect at Rivals, Harris is the highest-rated corner to sign with KU since the recruiting outlet began tracking that information in 1999.
“His size and physicality are his best attributes, and he has a competitive spirit that is contagious among his teammates,” wrote Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack. “Landing Harris marks a major recruiting victory and puts other programs on notice that the Jayhawks are going to be a presence in New Orleans going forward.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Harris chose KU over fellow finalist Mississippi State. He announced his decision at a ceremony alongside Landry-Walker teammate and fellow four-star prospect Devonta Jason, a wide receiver who orally committed to KU the same day as Harris but ultimately picked Mississippi State.
“The fact that Kansas stayed on Harris and was able to hold on to him despite pushes from other programs and the team’s struggles on the field this season shows just how strong the bond between Harris and the Jayhawks’ coaches really was,” Wommack wrote. “… (L)anding Harris goes down as one of the most significant signees in the history of the Kansas football program.”
Harris is classified as a four-star prospect at both Rivals and 247Sports, the latter describing him as “an aggressive, long-framed” prospect in its player evaluation.
KU associate head coach/running backs coach Tony Hull, a former high school coach in the New Orleans area, led the charge on Harris’ recruitment. Anthony “Pooka” Williams, a three-star running back and KU oral commit out of Boutte, La., didn’t sign anywhere Wednesday.
Mike Lee, the Jayhawks’ sophomore safety and Harris’ former high school teammate, tweeted congratulations to the cornerback shortly after his commitment, attaching a pair of photos of the two side-by-side in blue KU T-shirts.
“From (Landry-Walker) to KU,” Lee wrote. “(T)ime to work Lil bro.”
KU coach David Beaty also weighed in on social media with a graphic announcing Harris’ official signing.
“Fired up to have this (lockdown) corner on his way to Lawrence,” Beaty tweeted.
Harris’ commitment brought KU to 13 signees as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, including eight junior college transfers, one graduate transfer and four high school prospects.
KU recruiting commitments
(As of 7 p.m. Wednesday)
Charles Cole, defensive tackle, 6-3, 280, Butler CC
Mac Copeland, offensive lineman, 6-4, 245, Wichita Collegiate
Foster Dixson, defensive end, 6-4, 250, West Los Angeles CC
Davon Ferguson, defensive back, 5-10, 190, Hartnell College (Calif.)
Corione Harris, cornerback, 6-1, 170, Landry-Walker High (La.)
Elmore Hempstead, cornerback, 5-11, 175, Fort Scott CC
Elijah Jones, cornerback, 6-1, 175, Ellsworth CC (Iowa)
Azur Kamara, defensive end, 6-4, 225, Arizona Western College
Jacobi Lott, offensive lineman, 6-4, 309, Tacosa High (Texas)
Jeremiah McCullough, safety, 6-0, 205, Hartnell College (Calif.)
Stephon Robinson, wide receiver, 5-10, 170, El Camino CC (Calif.)
Marvin Saunders, tight end, 6-5, 256, Florida State)
Najee Stevens-McKenzie, defensive end, 6-3, 225, ASA College (N.Y.)
Nick Williams, offensive lineman, 6-8, 265, Ritenour High (Mo.)