4-star DT Juan Harris commits to IU #iufb

In a span of 18 months, Juan Harris reneged on his verbal pledge to Iowa three times.

Can Indiana keep him in the fold until National Signing Day in February? That now becomes one of the central storylines to IU’s 2017 recruiting efforts.

Harris, a four-star defensive tackle in the 247 Sports rankings, committed to IU on Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 368-pound prospect is the 10th verbal commitment in IU’s 2017 recruiting class and the fifth along the defensive line.

Harris decommitted from Iowa on June 15, marking the third time he decided to open his recruitment.

Harris originally committed to Iowa in December 2014 before decommitting a month later. He committed a second time within a few weeks, then decommitted in March 2015. Harris committed to Iowa a third time in June 2015, but broke his latest pledge to the Hawkeyes earlier this summer.

According to 247, Harris holds offers from Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and other high major programs.

In an interview with Peegs.com’s Matt Weaver earlier this month, Harris detailed a turbulent upbringing and said he made a strong connection with IU defensive line coach Mark Hagen.


  1. When they get this lad slimmed down and muscled up his feet will be even faster. Wonder if he is academically in a position to arrive on campus in January of 2017 and get ready for Spring Camp? Coach Hagen produces on and off the field.

  2. Regardless, of committed and decommitted KW and staff since KW has been at IU competes for 3 star and 4 star recruits. They take time in recruiting process rather than selling out to fill class ASAP to lower level ability high school players that belong in lower level ability conferences. Brings some recruiting excitement to program.

  3. Whoever is in the tackle rotation this year, they will have a tough time starting next year with Harris and Minor coming to Bloomington. Wow, cannot believe we are pulling in this kind of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Allen and Hagen are getting guys that can not only start in the Big Ten but can be difference makers in the Big Ten. This team is on the rise.

  4. I have some question about if this commit will make it to IU but if he does it will give the defensive front a player they don’t often get. Add him to the players already committed and to Johnson we have from Mississippi and the defensive front starts to look very good in the next couple of years.

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