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Chicago DB Jermari Harris Commits to Hawkeyes

February 4, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

Iowa added to its secondary on Monday when Chicago defensive back Jermari Harris announced his commitment. The Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic product officially visited campus during the weekend after receiving a scholarship offer on Thursday.

Harris (6-1, 175) saw a fit with the Hawkeyes. It’s a program built on hard work and developing under-the-radar prospects.

“I’ve always felt like I have a chip on my shoulder and I know Coach (Phil) Parker is willing to play anyone who knows his defense through and through and gives it his all. I will always have something to prove,” Harris told HN.

Northern Illinois, Ball State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa were among the other schools having offered Harris a scholarship. Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach, along with fellow assistant Seth Wallace, who recruits Chicago, visited him on multiple occasions last month before presenting an opportunity.

The Hawkeyes won over Harris during his official visit. He stopped to watch them practice a few times in December while they were preparing for the Outback Bowl.

Harris envisions big things during his time at Iowa.

“My goals are to graduate with a degree in Business, win as much as possible, create great relationships and, of course, earn all-Big Ten and to be recognized as one of the best DBs in the country,” he said.

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Harris attended Iowa’s basketball game against No. 5 Michigan on Friday. The students stormed the court following the Hawkeyes upset in front of a sold-out arena.

“I love the Iowa fans. They can expect a lot of love from me and me giving back to the community,” he said.

Harris earned all-conference and all-area honors this fall. He racked up 72 tackles with eight interceptions. He broke up five pass and forced two fumbles. He played for the high school that gave Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, now with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Harris became Iowa’s second known verbal commitment in the late signing period, joining Arizona State graduate transfer punter Michael Sleep-Dalton. The Hawkeyes signed 20 athlete during the early period.

Here’s a look at Harris’ senior highlights:

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