Written by Corbett Smith
Weekend recruiting roundup: Mesquite Horn DB De'Vante Harris verbally commits to Oklahoma
Mesquite Horn defensive back De'Vante Harris verbally committed to Oklahoma on Thursday, according to his coach, Rodney Webb.
Harris, a 5-11, 160-pound cornerback, is currently ranked No. 39 on our HSGameTime Area Top 75, and chose Oklahoma over offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, UNT, SMU, Stanford and Virginia.
Harris got the offer from Oklahoma's defensive back coach Willie Martinez on Wednesday soon after he and defensive coordinator Brent Venables stopped by Horn for a visit. Harris verbally committed less than 24 hours later.
Webb said that he hadn't talked much with Harris about his offers, but ...
"There are certain programs, once you get an offer from them, you aren't going to wait around," Webb said. "What are you going to get that's better than that? That's one of the elite programs in the country."
Son of former NFL return specialist Rod Harris, De'Vante showed up on the Mesquite Horn campus as a freshman and was "tiny, tiny," Webb said.
Despite his lack of size, Webb saw his potential. Webb said that he is not only one of the fastest players he has ever coached, but that Harris' anticipation on the ball is the best he's ever seen.
"He was 5-2, and probably didn't weigh 100 pounds. But we've always said that if he'd ever grow, he'd be able to go anywhere he wanted to."
Since the end of last season, Webb said that Harris has probably grown two inches and gained 15 pounds.
"He'll end up at 6-0, 180 pounds -- a prototypical size for a corner," Webb predicted.
Arlington Martin DE Devonte Fields verbally commits to TCU
Arlington Martin defensive end Devonte Fields verbally committed to TCU on Friday, according to his high school coach, Bob Wager.
Fields -- No. 7 on our HSGametime Area Top 75 -- picked TCU from his double-digit offers, from schools such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Tennessee. He'll play in the Under Armour All-American game next season.
"I think he'll be a tremendous college football player, but, before I get ahead of myself, I think he'll be a heck of a high school player for his senior year," Wager said. "We're happy to have Devonte back in black and silver for another year."
While he's only been on varsity for one season, Fields made his presence known last year for Martin, making 66 tackles and six sacks. He also blocked three kicks on special teams.
"He's a great special team guy, and he has a small offensive role as well," Wager said. "I think that's the kind of player you want, one that put the team first, and chases after team goals."
Wager said that the 6-4 Fields has bulked up to 240 pounds this off-season -- "all good weight," Wager called it -- and that he's become not only just a speed rusher, but strong at the point of attack. Fields power cleans over 300 pounds, according to Wager.
"He's really worked himself to the point where he's a physical presence," Wager said.
Haltom OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai verbally commits to Texas Tech
Haltom tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai has verbally committed to Texas Tech, according to Rivals.com.
The 6-6, 260-pound Vaitai -- ranked No. 12 on the HSGametime -- chose Texas Tech over offers from TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and others.
"I called Coach Tuberville," Vaitai told Rivals.com. "First, I think he was shocked, surprised. And then he was just telling me about how good Texas Tech and how I will love it out there and all of that stuff."
Here's the story, from Rivals.com (subscription needed).
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Frisco Liberty safety Izaiah Robinson picked up his first offer, from Washington State.