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.

Continue reading below

Related In HawkeyeNation Forums

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.”

Continue reading below

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.

Continue reading below

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

Here’s a look at Harris’ senior highlights:

Trending in Forums View All >

HawkeyeNation Archives View All >

Iowa Building Strong Bond with Standout St. Louis DE Travion Ford

Rob Howe

February 20, 2019

Sophomore checks out Hawkeyes again during junior day visit.

The Breakdown: Maryland Keeps Hawkeyes from Another Comeback Win

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Diving into Tuesday’s game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

HN TV: Iowa Players Maryland Postgame Interviews

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Hawkeyes talk following Tuesday’s game against Terrapins.

Transcript & Video: Fran McCaffery Maryland Postgame Press Conference

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Iowa coach meets with media after Tuesday’s game.

HN TV: Mark Turgeon Iowa Postgame Press Conference

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Maryland coach discusses Tuesday’s game against the Hawkeyes.

Photo Gallery: Maryland Slips By Hawkeyes on Late Tip-In

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Pictures from Tuesday’s action in Iowa City.

After a Chilly Start, the Cold Doesn’t Bother Randolph Kpai

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Liberian native, Sioux Falls’ resident discusses Hawkeye offer.

Kevo Wesley Sees Why Iowa Thrives on O-Line

Rob Howe

February 19, 2019

Chicago lineman picks up Hawkeye offer during junior day visit.

TOP