It didn’t take long for WSU to get its first surprise of signing day, as wide receiver Travell Harris out of Tampa, Florida, picked the Cougs early on National Signing Day and faxed in his letter of intent to make his commitment official.
I'm officially Committed to Washington State University #Pac12 #GoCougs ⚫️ ❗️ pic.twitter.com/qRlD4ovvWU— Travell Harris #⃣1⃣ (@_THarris1) February 1, 2017
Harris is rated two stars by 247Sports composite, but Scout.com sees him as a three-star athlete. He ultimately chose the Cougars over his hometown South Florida Bulls, Arizona and Florida Atlantic, but he also had reported offers from Missouri and Purdue.
Listed at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Harris clearly profiles to inside receiver for WSU. However, he was listed as an “athlete” out of Jesuit High School because he was effective on both offense and defense, rarely leaving the field.
But he was most explosive with the ball in his hands.
Harris is the Tigers' top receiver, hauling in 16 passes for 457 yards and seven touchdowns. He also is responsible for jump-starting each Jesuit possession as kick and punt returner. Harris has returned three punts for TD and another kickoff for a score.
Add all that up and he's averaging 25.4 yards each time he touches the ball.
"I try to use my speed and elusiveness once I get into the open field," Harris said. "I just try to make plays to help my team win a ball game. A lot of teams want to commit to the run with Malik, but then that frees me up."
Harris’ commitment fills a big need for the Cougs, who were still looking to land a receiver or two in the days leading up to today. He joins Easop Winston, Anthony White Jr. and Davontaveon Martin as the other commits in the class, and we’ve all still got one eye on four-star WR Jamire Calvin, who is committed to Nebraska but might still be considering flipping to WSU at the last minute.
Harris has excellent footwork as a ball-carrier. Elusive in high traffic with great vision on how to get up-field or reach the perimeter, where he can absolutely decimate opponents with his speed. Not afraid to throttle down and look for blocks and cut-back lanes. Shifts gears easily, reaching full speed in a couple steps. Big potential in the return game. Solid hands and above average body control going up for contested balls. Could be a highly dynamic H inside receiver. Similar to Keith Harrington’s game mixed with Renard Bell from last cycle.
- Brian Anderson
Rivals - ★★
Scout - ★★★
247 Sports - ★★
ESPN - NR
Position - WR
Hometown - Tampa, Florida
Height - 5-foot-9
Weight - 170