Recruiting: Javon Harris, Lawton MacArthur

By Brandon Chatmon Published: August 24, 2008
Lawton MacArthur safety Javon Harris committed to Oklahoma early in the recruiting process. He is one of 17 high school players who have made verbal commitments to Sooners heading into the season. Harris told The Oklahoman what it's like to be committed heading into his senior season.

"It's a blessing to be a committed recruit. Your whole life you work to get to the next level and when it finally happens you kind of relax.

"It's real cool (to be committed to OU). I can't really explain it. I feel like I have accomplished something. People ask what made me go there, what other people recruited me. It makes you feel good because a lot of people are OU fans.

"A lot more older people recognize you. People who have gone to OU and went to other schools but watch the sport and they know I'm going to OU and recognize me.

"A lot of people had seen me play but didn't know I was good enough to go to OU. They thought I could go to college but I think people look at me a whole different way now.

"I know guys who aren't committed and I read on the Internet that they get bothered every day about it. I can see how they can get stressed out about it so I think it's better to be committed but if you don't know, I guess you have to deal with it.

"I have been up (to OU) a couple times and went to the Red/White game. Every time I go up there and watch them I picture myself out there.

"I've always liked the Big 12 and college football. I like that more than the pros sometimes.”

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