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Mario Cristobal lands his first new commit at Miami: a three-star cornerback from Atlanta

Miami Herald logo Miami Herald 12/15/2021 David Wilson, Miami Herald

Manny Diaz made a late run at Jaden Harris in his final days as the Miami Hurricanes’ head coach, and Mario Cristobal finished the job Wednesday.

Harris, a three-star cornerback from Riverwood in Atlanta, signed with Miami on the first day of the early signing period after landing a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes in November and officially visiting Coral Gables during Diaz’s final weekend as coach earlier this month.

Harris also had hats on the table for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Missouri Tigers and Kansas State Wildcats, and picked Miami over those other Power 5 Conference programs.

As the No. 84 cornerback in the composite rankings for the Class of 2022, Harris is a bit of an under-the-radar prospect, although he has been a late riser, landing an offer from the Michigan State Spartans on Dec. 6. The 6-foot, 180-pound corner had 10 tackles and one interception as a senior. He also played some running back, and ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and added eight catches for another 126 yards.

Harris was the first new addition to the Hurricanes’ class on the first day of the early signing period. Six already committed players signed with Miami throughout the morning and early afternoon — with three-star tackle Falentha Carswell flipping to the Ole Miss Rebels — before Harris finally gave the Hurricanes a new addition.

Technically, he’s the first player Cristobal has landed since Miami hired him Dec. 6. The new coach kept most of the class together — and is good position to add a handful of other players before the early signing period ends Friday — and now gets one other addition at a position of constant need.

Harris joins four-star cornerback Khaumauri Rogers and four-star safety Markeith Williams as the only defensive backs in the Hurricanes’ class. They had been looking for another since four-star cornerback Tre’Quon Fegans decommitted in October — he signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide on Wednesday — and Harris gives them a good developmental piece at a position lacking some depth.

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