Oklahoma State made the first cut for Texas standout linebacker Jeremiah Harris when he trimmed his options from more than a dozen to eight in late April. On Thursday, he made a cut to the cut down to five, the presumptive final trimming before a decision.
In his final five include OSU, Arkansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Florida International (not a typo on the last one). Not to read too much into it, but his Twitter announcement in order began with OSU (his current crystal ball favorite), and ended with FIU (believed to be a backup to the backup to the backup to the backup plan).
Harris visited OSU on an official basis the weekend of April 21, and he seemed to have quite enjoyed himself, flashing more emojis in his post-visit tweet than Gundy in an offseason worth of peculiar subtweets.
— Jay Harris ¹¹ (@D1Jharris) April 22, 2019
The 6-foot-1, 205 pound Harris — a Shadow Creek High product out of Pearland — holds two dozen offers, so a win for OSU would represent a significant achievement for Jim Knowles and his defensive staff. Harris would also fill a void in the cycle; while OSU has two commitments at linebacker at the moment from Brynden Walker and Cole Thompson, only one — Thompson — is a listed inside-backer like Harris.
OSU can certainly pitch early playing time to Harris along with a close vicinity to his hometown, but perhaps the best pitch is what a former Pearland product already did. Justin Phillips, a Pearland native who attended Pearland High, just wrapped up a successful college career at OSU in which he played 42 games and made 221 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
Last season at Shadow Creek, Harris earned first-team all-district honors and led the team to a 15-1 record and state runner-up finish in 5a Division II in Texas.