Class of 2023 defensive end prospect Gabriel Harris from Thomas County (Ga.) Central High School committed to Florida State on Thursday afternoon. Harris, who is 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, joins running back Cedric Baxter Jr. from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater High School in giving an early pledge to Florida State coach Mike Norvell’s 2023 class.
The Thomasville, Ga., native also considered offers from Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, South Carolina and Tennessee. Harris is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, which also ranks him as the 6th-best weakside defensive end prospect in the country for 2023, the 10th-best overall prospect in Georgia and the 85th-best overall prospect in the country.
As a sophomore this past season Harris totaled 31 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss in seven games.
First impressions based of his HUDL highlights: Harris plays with a high motor. He is solidly put together, has decent length with the ability to add more weight to his frame. Still very raw as a football player, which is expected due to his lack of experience. He shows physicality at time and does a good job of playing within the structure of the defense. Has some work to do technically which should be the case. He is likely to get only get bigger, stronger and faster in addition to becoming more fundamentally sound. It is extremely early to say that he will end up at any one position at this stage in his development but my early projection would be that he will end up as a strongside defensive end or defensive tackle. He is in the early stages of his development as a football player.
To view Harris’ HUDL highlights please click on the link below.