Two years after retiring from the NFL, former Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris is watching his son transition to football on a high level. Al Jr. is currently a cornerback at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, and just picked up an offer from the Badgers for the 2014 class.
At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, the younger Al is a slightly smaller cornerback than his dad, who played around 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and is now the assistant secondary coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. At St. Thomas Aquinas -- fertile grounds for the Badgers, who recruited running back James White from there -- Harris is a 3-star cornerback, currently No. 65 at the position for the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.
Harris has spent a lot of time in Wisconsin, living there on and off while Harris Sr. was a member of the Packers.
"He knows how cold it gets there," Harris Sr. said. "He likes the snow. He enjoyed it when the snow was on the ground. It was a little different from Florida, but he enjoyed it."
Harris has been offered by 16 schools, including Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina and UCLA alongside Wisconsin. It's still obviously early, and Harris continues to generate interest. After receiving his offer from the Badgers on Friday, Florida International followed with one the next day. He hasn't claimed any leaders yet and will begin making his round of visits this summer.
The Badgers have received six commits thus far for 2014, three on defense counting soft commit Craig Evans (DT, Sun Prairie). In the secondary, Wisconsin is also interested in CB Troy Vincent (Baltimore), S DaeJuan Funderburk (Washington, D.C.) and S Christian Bynum (Virginia Beach, Va.).