By Gabriel Stovall
Jordan Harris’ college football career has just come full circle.
The 6-foot-5, 335 pound offensive lineman took to Twitter to inform the world of his commitment to 2016 national runner up Alabama.
— Jordan Harris (@Athleteofdayea) February 10, 2017
His hashtag #4thChance provides a suitable summary for the merry-go-round nature his college career has taken.
After being a highly recruited offensive lineman out of Dutchtown’s class of 2013 — grabbing interest and offers from SEC schools such as Auburn, Kentucky — Harris ended up opting for Alabama State, which wasn’t a bad place to be, but by his own admission, was a choice that was a product of his own mistakes.
“I had an academic issue, really,” Harris said. “It messed up some of my offers and I had to go to Alabama State. But I had the chance to kind of get back to competing at the highest level, so I’m excited about it.”
After arriving at Alabama State, he suffered an injury that kept him from playing for his first two years. After which, he transferred to Morehouse College in Atlanta for his junior year. He became an all-conference player at Morehouse, and then ventured to a junior college in New Mexico to try and position himself to get back in position to play Division I ball.
But things didn’t work out in New Mexico, according to Harris.
“It was just a real strange kind of situation,” he said. “They didn’t really help me at all with recruiting or anything like that. I played two or three games and I did the best I could.”
That prompted Harris to go to work shopping himself around. He took the limited game film he had compiled in college and started sending it to as many Division I schools as he could think of, including many of the ones which recruited him out of high school.
Eventually he got a call from Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key with the offer. Key knew Harris from Key’s days as offensive coordinator at Central Florida, so it wasn’t a situation where Harris had to introduce himself afresh.
“I was really impressed with (coach Key) in high school,” Harris said. “We built a good relationship then, and when he expressed he was interested in me, I knew where I wanted to go.”
Harris said he’ll have at least one season to play at Alabama — maybe two, depending on whether or not he can get an extra hardship year. Regardless, Harris is just glad to have his fourth chance at playing big time football and carving himself into an NFL prospect.
“It’s all taught me just not to give up on what you started,” said Harris who is now 21 years old. “I know a lot of people who were very successful out of high school who had chances to go to good programs and they don’t go and they give up. But not giving up has given me this opportunity. I’m going to be working now to win a starting spot from day one.”