Miami junior cornerback Brandon Harris has declared for the NFL draft and is leaving the Canes football program early, the school announced this afternoon.
“This decision is about what is best for me and my family at this point in my life,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “I am confident that I can achieve all my goals at the next level and I am ready to begin that pursuit.
“I have grown up so much as a football player and as a man at the University of Miami. The relationships that I have built here with the players and coaches will be with me for the rest of my life. In addition to the team and University, I have to give credit to coach [Randy] Shannon and coach [Wesley] McGriff, who were instrumental in my development.”
Harris, a possible first-round pick, hasn't signed with an agent yet.
“I am going to miss running out of the smoke and playing in a Miami Hurricanes uniform,” said Harris. “It is exciting, nerve-wracking and unreal all at the same time. I’m ready to focus on training and I promise I will do everything I can to uphold the legacy of The U on the NFL stage.”
Harris played in 39 games and started 32 in his three seasons at Miami. He had 132 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks and 28 pass breakups in his career.
This past season, Harris had 44 tackles and 10 pass breakups for a secondary that ranked second nationally in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense heading into bowl season.
Brandon’s father, Tim “Ice” Harris, is on the Miami football staff and will continue to work on community relations under new head coach Al Golden.