Harris Talks Experience at 'The Opening'

OU 2012 cornerback commit De'Vante Harris

This past week DeVante Harris was one of 150 of the top prospects in the country who was invited and participated at 'The Opening' in Beaverton (OR). Harris was the only Sooner commit at the event and tested out extremely well and was impressive in the 7on portion of the camp as well. See inside to see what Harris had to say about it all.

Harris displayed to everyone at the event what the Sooners saw in him and what he will be bringing to Norman in the summer of 2012. While at the event Harris was able to showcase his athletic ability during the SPARQ testing portion of the event. Harris ripped off a 4.44 forty, then had an impressive pro-shuttle time of 3.93 while displaying his vertical leaping ability of 38-inches. All this helped Harris finish 20th out of 150.

Harris said he was not surprised to see that those were the numbers that he posted.

"I had been working out so it really wasn't a surprise or nothing to me. I just came out there and did my thing. Just prayed and did my thing and just went out there and ran," Harris stated.

The 5-foot-11 and 160-pound Harris was just getting started showing everyone what he was made of. During the Nike 7on portion of the event, Harris was seen making plays all over the field. Even though his Alpha Speed squad did not fare well in the tournament, Harris in six games was able to come up with two-interceptions and 11-pass break ups while playing both corner and safety.

Harris said that the competition in this event was the best he has ever faced and it helped to raise his level of play up as well.

"It brought me up a level," Harris said about the competition and the event itself. "Just playing with the best of the best it made me better as an overall player. Playing in front of all those cameras got me used to all this pressure that I'm going to face at the next level."

One of the two picks that Harris was able to come up with came on the goal line against a future rival in 2012 Texas quarterback commitment, Connor Brewer.

"That was an experience," Harris began laughing. "I picked him off and I was happy. I can't tell you how happy I was. It wasn't the easiest to pick him off, he is very accurate. He's a great quarterback. He doesn't make too many mistakes and for me to be in the right place at the right time when he does make a mistake you know I'm just happy for that."

The 150 prospects at the event got the opportunity to work with current and ex-NFL players like Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice and Detroit Lions defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh. Harris got a chance to be around cornerbacks, Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns and Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

"I got some tips from Joe Haden and Patrick Peterson," Harris said. "Joe Haden said I had swag and said that I was confident."

Harris is not the biggest corner in the country but is known as a ball hawk at the corner position. This summer Harris says he has been working on his speed to stay dangerous on Friday nights where he also plays receiver.

"Mostly speed training and then some weights, of course, to put on some weight and bulk up a little bit, but mostly speed training. I play corner and wide receiver so, you know, keeping my speed and stay dangerous and staying a down field threat and a pick six threat," Harris explained.

Last season Horn went 9-5 on the year and made it to the Texas 5A Division 2 State Quarterfinals before losing to Longview. Harris is hoping that when he and his Mesquite Horn teammates suit up on Friday nights this season that the team chemistry will be better. Last season when things didn't go Horn's way the team kind of fell apart and started blaming others, Harris said.

"Just staying together when things go bad," Harris began. "Last year we kind of got to pointing fingers when things didn't go the right way. Just finishing games out and staying conditioned during two-a-days so in the fourth quarter it's like we are in the first quarter."

It wasn't too long ago that Harris joined the Sooners' 2012 commitment class and he reiterated what it was that stood out to him that led to his commitment.

"Just the way the coaches act. They are straight forward and they are going to tell you what it is, they're not going to sugar coat anything. They are going to play the best players and they're going to give everybody a chance," Harris said.

When Harris arrives in Norman next summer he says he will be bringing that swagger that Joe Haden noticed about him as well to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

"More swagger and confidence to help keep fans on the edge of their seats anytime the ball is thrown my way," Harris said about what he will bring to the Oklahoma program.

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