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Three-star OL Demetris Harris Decommits from Georgia Tech

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Harris’s departure leaves Tech with three offensive linemen in the 2017 class

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For the second time in the past week, Tech’s 2017 football recruiting class has taken a hit. Demetris Harris, a three-star offensive lineman from Jacksonville, FL, announced his decommitment from Tech on Thursday afternoon with a brief statement on Twitter.

Harris—who was rated a three-star recruit on both Rivals (5.6) and 247 (.8207)—becomes the second player in Tech’s 2017 class to withdraw his commitment, following defensive back O.J. Tucker’s decommitment this past Friday. Like Tucker, he was in a position group where Tech had several other commits; specifically, Harris was one of four offensive linemen in Tech’s 2017 class alongside fellow three-star recruits Connor Hansen, Zach Quinney, and Michael Minihan. Adding line depth was a major priority since Tech will head into next season with just 10 scholarship linemen on the roster (not including the 2017 commits), and it’s likely that coach Paul Johnson and his staff will still pursue another offensive lineman for this year’s class.

Per Rivals, Harris has reported offers from Wake Forest, South Florida, Central Florida, and Georgia Southern, along with several other G5 and FCS schools. As of now, he has official visits to Wake, USF, and Tech planned in January, with the Atlanta visit occurring the weekend before National Signing Day.

With Harris’s decommitment, Tech is down to 13 committed players in the 2017 recruiting class:

2017 Recruiting Class
Position Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247 Commit Date
P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8146) 3/7/2016
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8154) 6/5/2016
LB T.D. Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8347) 6/6/2016
K Joseph Bulovas 6-0 205 Mandeville, LA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8099) 6/10/2016
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8472) 6/11/2016
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (.8646) 6/16/2016
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (.8396) 7/19/2016
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 3-star (5.5) 3-star (.8403) 7/24/2016
DB Gentry Bonds 6-1 190 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (.8545) 8/18/2016
DB Tre' Swilling 6-0 180 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 3-star (.8752) 8/22/2016
RB/LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling 6-0 215 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 4-star (.9230) 8/23/2016
RB Jerry Howard Jr. 6-0 210 Rock Hill, SC 2-star (5.4) 2-star (.7958) 11/21/2016
QB Tobias Oliver 6-2 180 Warner Robins, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (.8374) 11/27/2016