Jermari Harris Recaps Weekend Iowa Official Visit

February 3, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Jermari Harris twice visited Iowa unofficially last month. The Chicago-area defensive back watched the Hawkeyes prepare for their Outback Bowl appearance and learned about the program.

This weekend, he returned to campus as an official visitor after picking up a scholarship offer Thursday. This stop proved much more intimate and provided a deeper understanding of what it’s like to be in the swarm.

“This visit I spent more time with the players and got to see the entire campus. I just saw how nice it was and saw the education centers,” he told HN Sunday morning.

Harris plans on announcing his college choice at 3 p.m. CT on Monday. He also has official visits to Ball State and North Dakota State behind him, and an offer from Northern Illinois.

He earned all-conference and all-area honors this fall after recording 72 tackles, eight interceptions, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

This weekend, Iowa freshman defensive back Kaevon Merriweather played host to Harris, who hails from Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic. They hung out with other first-year members of the secondary, including Terry Roberts, Julius Brents and Daraun McKinney, who signed with Iowa in December and enrolled last month.

“They told me you have to come ready to work and there will be a reality check,” Harris said.

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Harris also received one-on-one time with defensive coordinator/secondary coach Phil Parker and Kirk Ferentz, the head coach. He enjoyed both conversations.

“My time with coach Parker was great. I know what I have to do in order to be a good college football player,” he said.

“The meeting with Coach Ferentz was great. We primarily talked about life in general and the expectations from a student-athlete at the University of Iowa.”

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Iowa sees Harris as a versatile athlete capable of lining up in different spots on the defense.

“We talked about corner, but (Parker) didn’t go into detail about what position I’d be playing,” he said. “The defense is great. It’s a lot to retain and I understand why they play at a high level.”

Harris expects to major in Business and Finance with designs on being a commercial realtor.

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“I learned a lot about the class sizes and more about my major,” he said.

Here’s a look at Harris’ senior highlights:

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