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Simeon Harris, a three-star recruit from Benicia, Calif., verbally committed to the Colorado Buffaloes on July 21, 2021. Harris is pictured during a visit to the CU-Boulder campus for a camp in June of 2021. (Courtesy of Simeon Harris)

When the opportunity to attend a football camp at Colorado came up, Simeon Harris knew he couldn’t pass it up.

It led to him choosing a different path for his future.

A cornerback from Benicia (Calif.) High School, Harris originally committed to Fresno State in February, but attended a camp at CU last month, got a scholarship offer at the camp and chose Wednesday to commit to the Buffs.

“It’s always been a dream to go to a Power 5 school and compete at that level,” Harris said. “Going to that camp and seeing the campus and seeing all the opportunities they have (was great).”

Harris said he and CU cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin had been in contact for a while and that going to the camp was pivotal.

“We built a good relationship,” Harris said. “After going to the camp and being with him in person and being coached by him was really great and really made me excited. That played a big part in my decision.

“My film is good, but they wanted to see me and I actually wanted to see them and be coached by him. I learned a new press technique in man coverage and a lot of things I never heard before because all people coach differently. I took away that we’re going to compete. That’s the big thing I took away from it.”

The 6-foot, 170-pound Harris is listed as an athlete by, but projects to play corner or safety at CU.

Harris has a three-star rating from 247Sports and a two-star rating from In addition to CU and Fresno State, he has offers from Air Force, Colorado State and Utah State. Harris said he has talked with Oregon, Washington State and other Pac-12 schools.

Harris adds to the growing number of defenders on CU’s 2022 commit list, including Erick Conley, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman from Fort Bend Travis High School in Richmond, Texas, who committed last week.

The Buffs have 12 players committed for the 2022 class, with eight of them being on defense.

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