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Terps score one half of Florida four-star duo

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Florida twins Andrew and Michael Harris, a pair of four-star linebackers, were considered a package deal during recruitment. Rumors began arriving that tastes might split, which was confirmed Wednesday when Michael Harris committed to Maryland and Andrew Harris chose UCF.

At 6-1 and weighing 190 pounds, Michael Harris clocked the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds, ranking him as the 28th-ranked linebacker and 418th-ranked player in the nation. The pair of Lake Brantley and High in Altamonte Springs, Florida visited Maryland in June. Both seemed likely to get, but they were willing to part ways.

Having moved away from Central Florida during the early signing period, the Harris brothers also had offers from Michigan and Auburn, and a late push from Florida and Arkansas persuaded them to hold off. early signatureThey have become one of the highest rated commitments in UCF history, following their July commitment. Gus MarzahnThe two were expected to make an announcement during the early signing period, with most people believing they were bound by Maryalnd, but have since delayed a decision.

“We are 100% package deals,” says Michael Harris told Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports After naming Maryland and Arkansas two finalists two weeks ago.

But they couldn’t seem to find common ground between then and now.

“Coach and staff,” he told 247Sports’ Sean Bock in late December. They show us so much love outside of football. That’s important. ”

After getting 4 stars Jayshawn BarhamRocksley, who was one of Maryland’s best players this season as a true freshman, added another ceiling-high linebacker in last year’s signing day in Michael Harris. The addition would lead to late signing day success after other targets in Maryland. Nicholls Harborchose South Carolina.

6-1, 200-pound Andrew Harris ranks as the 20th best linebacker and 310th player in the nation.

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Michael Harris 247Sports Scouting Report:

“He’s a linebacker that some might mistake for a safety given his size. He grew up in Jamaica and played mostly soccer with his twin brother before moving to the United States and eventually finding a game of American football. Explosive and uses fast-twitch fibers to shoot into the backfield and create negative plays. In one-on-one situations he’s competitive.It’s been the last two years or so, but it takes a lot of time to learn and grow as a back seven defender to be able to make an impact on Saturdays for the Power Five program. An upper extremity injury cost him a good chunk of his junior season, but he bounced back quickly and a few months later attracted attention when he came second in the long jump at the Florida State Athletics Championships. He’ll move forward, but his athletic profile suggests he’ll eventually play all three downs at the next level, emerging as a multi-year stutter along the way. The biggest question mark going forward revolves around the ability to add weight in frame limits, but in defensive units that want to get creative and play fast in hopes of slowing uptempo pass attacks. You can easily carve out a role.”

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