Make that three transfers to Arizona this week, all from Phoenix-area high schools and one who is a member of a prominent family with the Wildcats.
Former Colorado and Gilbert Higley standout defensive end Jason Harris announced today that he will join his brother Jalen with the Arizona program.
Jalen was a redshirt junior this season playing on the end and at linebacker. Jason was a freshman with the Buffaloes. He still has four years of eligibility because the NCAA waived this season counting against an athlete’s timetable because of COVID-19.
— Jason Harris ♛ (@JSH8_8) January 7, 2021
Both Jalen and Jason project to play as defensive ends, coached by Arizona legend Ricky Hunley, who was hired by new coach Jedd Fisch to coach the defensive line.
The hiring of Hunley was a welcomed move by parents Sean and Cha-Ron Harris. Sean is a former linebacker who was part of the Desert Swarm defense in the early 1990’s at Arizona. Cha-Ron was a standout teammate of Adia Barnes with Arizona’s team that reached the Sweet 16 in 1997-98.
Cha-Ron mentioned that Hunley’s hire is “super exciting.”
“My boys are thrilled to get the coaching and expertise (from Hunley),” she said.
She also commented in jest, “The truth is … (Jason) couldn’t live without his mother’s mac and cheese.”
The Wildcats earlier this week added two transfers from Northwestern — running back Drake Anderson and safety Gunner Maldonado, both of whom played for powerhouse Chandler High School.
Jason Harris, 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, was a unanimous four-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals, PrepStar and ESPN coming out of Higley. He was also a standout basketball player in high school, who has Division I skills. It’s not out of the realm of possibility he walks on to Arizona’s basketball program before his Wildcat career comes to an end.
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