Catching Up With De'Vante Harris

By Jeremy Birmingham on January 13, 2012 at 10:00a
The Mesquite, Texas star was once a Sooner commitment

New coach, new era of Buckeye football, and with that transition comes a new era of Buckeye recruiting.

The old coaching staff of Jim Tressel and his life-long coaching pals was very specific in their approach: speed, bigs, and big speed; those characterizations narrowed down the players they sought into three very convenient little groups. 

Tressel's staff handled scholarships as if they were faberge eggs, handling them carefuly, giving them out even more cautiously. Few official visits were extended, and the players who received them generally were prospects that Tressel et co felt very positive about landing.

Urban Meyer and his staff have a slightly different take on this whole recruiting thing. If you can run, and you answer the phone - there's a good chance you're going to get an Ohio State offer, most of the time as fast as you can run your forty.

In the case of one of Ohio State's most recent verbal offers, and most recently scheduled official visits, that forty time is somewhere south of 4.40. De'Vante Harris, a 5'11 defensive back from Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, will be visiting Ohio State the weekend of January 27th.

Harris was a former Oklahoma Sooner commit, but decided this week to re-open his recruitment and the Buckeyes could end up being the winner in the sweepstakes for his signature come February 1st. He announced last night on twitter that his three favorites, in no particular order, were Ohio State, Texas A&M and TCU. 

Harris was an Under Armour All-Star game participent and is definitely one of the most personality-full recruits of this 2012 recruiting class. An engaging personality, Harris personifies "swag" without being cocky or arrogant. His highlight reel is full of two things: speed and coverage ability, and completely void of something else that is so common among cornerbacks with big-time game: trash-talking. Not one time did I see him get up and posture or dance after a big play. A real treat to witness. 

I recently had a chance to talk to De'Vante and came away very impressed by his confidence and his politeness. 

How did your senior season end up for your team and you personally? Did it help you to not have to focus on recruiting during the season?

It went great! And i was totally focused on my team. the recruiting just came with it.

How are your grades? Are you fully qualified?

3.5 GPA. Yes, I'm qualified, I wanna study journalism - broadcasting.

Tell me about the Under-Armour game - which players that you played against stood out like "Whoa, that dude can ball"...

Amari Cooper by far! He was a true baller in whatever he did!

When did the Buckeyes catch your eye and what did you think when Urban Meyer was announced as the coach? Did that perk the ears up a bit?

They gave me a call last week and started showing interest. Coach Meyer seems to be a great guy and I'm ready to meet him in person.

Harris could be a surprise addition to Meyer's first OSU class

You're cousin is Thomas Johnson, the Dallas Skyline WR, recently decommitted from Texas. He's looking at Oregon, Cal and TCU - are you two talking about being the often-talked about "package deal"?

All the time! Lol

Is he going to give the Buckeyes a look?

I don't know, he might. He already has his visits confirmed though.

Now that you're "back on the market", what is it about OSU, A&M and TCU that you like? What is the biggest thing you're hoping to find in a school?

I just want to go to a program that is ambitious and hungry to win. I like those programs because they show those qualities.

What do you know about the history of Ohio State and it's cornerbacks in college and the NFL?

I heard they can put CBs into the league man!!!

You know it sometimes gets cold in Ohio, right? Not concerned about that?

Lol, nahh man, I'm a "dirty south" boy but I could handle it. Haha.

What is one thing you'd like for Buckeye fans to know about De'Vante Harris before he makes his trip to Columbus in two weeks?

I'm a fun guy that's ready to see what's up in Columbus! LOL.

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Ethos's picture

Just one thing, don't type "LOL" when you are quoting someone in an interview.  I really hope he didn't actually say "LOL" cause if he did, he can go to Texas Tech.  Unless this was a texting interview or something??

The kid looks amazing though, we could really use him in the backfield.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

BucksfanXC's picture

I'm sure this was an email interview or some way in text form the kid was answering. So the kid probably did type LOL.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Alex's picture

not Jeremy, but believe this was through email....he is quoting De'Vante directly and I personally have no problem with him saying LOL if he can cover wide receivers

Maestro's picture

Obviously that is the case, and I seriously would love for there to be an international moratorium issued on that abbreviation.

vacuuming sucks

Chris Lauderback's picture

LOL! I agree, Maestro.

Maestro's picture


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BucksfanXC's picture

I think it's overused for sure. Do people really laugh out loud or do they just think it's funny and want to say so? Do they even audibly chuckle?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Maestro's picture

People who really laugh out loud just piss me right off.  You should do a survey though XC, wink.

vacuuming sucks

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

The interview was over email, so I was trying to be as accurate as possible with his quotes.



Northbrook's picture

Sounds like a good kid. If Reeves commits I wonder if we would have room.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I'd rather have this kid than Reeves.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Alex's picture

if you get Reeves you get Cam Williams...or vice versa....either way, I would rather have those two than just one De'Vante Harris but if there is room in the party for all, then I say why not?

Jdadams01's picture

Agreed Alex. I saw that the Taylor Decker visit was confirmed, what do you think are chances are of him committing this weekend?

Alex's picture

I think Taylor is a kid who is extremely respectful. I don't think he pledges on the visit and instead will take at least 24 hours after he leaves campus to mull things over with his family.

I could be wrong but if he commits to OSU, I see him calling ND to let them know. If he re-affirms to ND, I see him telling Meyer and co. in the most respectful way possible. Either way, I think he takes time to deliberate.

aplumb100's picture

Who is faster on paper Alex? Neal or Harris? 


William's picture

To me Neal looks much faster, but I'm no recruiting guru.

Alex's picture

probably Neal

BuckeyeNation's picture

I would probably have to go with, De/a'Vante'... lol!

NorCal Buckeye's picture

Hopefully it's our journalism program that improves his written communication.  Lol.

chitown buckeye's picture

I see what you did there! LOL!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

buckeyeEddie27's picture

I just think its cool to be the other school attracting guys and getting looks rather than being the school getting passed up or having our guys look around.   

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Sub 4.40-40? Perhaps it should be titled, "Trying to Catch Up With De'Vante Harris."

Don't text while driving.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Didn't tOSU axe their journalism school?  Ruh-Roh...


"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

dancorona5's picture

no, the journalism school is still there under communications department i believe

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Oh....I thought I read somewhere on here (or maybe heard it on this week's podcast) that tOSU got rid of the journalism department.  Maybe I misheard what was being said.  Mi malo amigo, mi malo.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

You know as much as loved the exciement of NSD, i would also fear it becuase of how many kids we "we're supposed to get" or were "huge OSU leans" only to see them sign elsewhere. With Tressel it seamed like he wasn't able to close on a ton of talent on NSD. With Urban at the helm, I no longer feel that way. I feel like his ability to close is matched by very few and I am now so excited for NSD because of the kids that we will pull in as opposed to seeing who we will miss on.

dgrubbs's picture

I saw on 24/7 that Harris committed to A&M (which is where his dad went). Hopefully he still takes the visit to C-Bus and Urb can convince him otherwise.

GeneStarwind's picture

Mr. Harris has committed to Texas A&M today