Colorado’s best recruiting class in several years got even better on Thursday.
Jason Harris, a four-star defensive end from Higley High School in Gilbert, Ariz., announced that he will be a part of Colorado’s 2020 class in football.
The highly touted Harris made his announcement during the second quarter of the Under Armour All-America Game on ESPNU, giving CU head coach Mel Tucker a high-profile addition to the defense. Harris signed his letter of intent during the early signing period, Dec. 18-20, but delayed his announcement until Thursday’s game.
“Coach Mel has coached the greatest players and I plan on being the next great Buff,” Harris said during the ESPNU broadcast.
Harris, listed at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, picked CU over Indiana, Arizona and several other programs. According to 247Sports, he has 23 scholarship offers, including from nine Pac-12 teams, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M.
“Jason is a tremendous young man,” Tucker said on CUBuffs.com. “Athletically, his ceiling is very high. His ability to rush the passer is something that’s very difficult to find in recruiting. I’m excited about his future as a Buff.”
Harris’ brother, Jalen, is a starting linebacker at Arizona. His father, Sean, also played linebacker at Arizona, from 1991-94 before seven seasons in the NFL, and his mother, ChaRon, played for the Wildcats’ women’s basketball team.
With a rating of .9241 on the 247Sports.com composite, Harris is the highest-rated player in CU’s class, which ranked No. 35 nationally going into Thursday.
As a senior this past season, Harris had 54 tackles and 24 sacks at Higley. He has also played basketball, averaging 16.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for his career.
Harris was one of 17 high school players signed by the Buffs during the December signing period. In addition, the Buffs added three junior college transfers. Punter Josh Watts, from Australia, and defensive lineman Antonio Alfano, from Alabama, are joining the Buffs as four-year transfers.