HUTTO — Dajon Harrison caught six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in Hutto’s win over Rouse to close the regular season. The 5-10, 170-pound athlete pledged to the Longhorns last week and attended Texas’ win over Kansas State.
It was a hectic week, but one that was a long time in the making for the local product.
“Bryan (Carrington, UT’s recruiting coordinator) and I had been talking for a long time and we had the plan set up,” Harrison said. “Whenever (Texas) pulled the trigger (on an offer), I knew what I had to do.”
Texas’ coaching staff considers Harrison an athlete with potential to play on either side of the ball, much like current Longhorn D’Shawn Jamison, who played wide receiver his freshman season before transitioning back to cornerback as a sophomore. Harrison could follow a similar path, playing where Texas lacks playmakers.
“Texas thinks I can play anywhere on the field, and I think so, too,” Harrison said. “Texas was always a dream school of mine. I love what they have going and they put people in the league. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Harrison said assistant coaches Drew Mehringer and Jason Washington were both in communication with him along with Carrington, Texas’ recruiting ace. Harrison excels at slot receiver and cornerback for the Hippos. It’s still unclear which position he’ll dedicate his time to once he arrives on campus. His head coach thinks there is still plenty of room for Harrison to grow as a player.
“Dajon has been a very steady player for us this year,” said Brad LaPlante when Harrison committed last week. “He is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands. The best part is that he has not reached his fullest potential, and his is still improving parts of his game.”
Harrison was an all-district selection as a junior, recording 49 receptions for 695 yards and six touchdowns. He also started on defense and scored a rushing touchdown. He’s a versatile weapon with potential to help on special teams early in his career. It does sound like he’d prefer to play on the offensive side of the ball.
“Getting the opportunity to play wide receiver at (Texas) was amazing for me,” said Harrison the day he committed. “Going in, I know there are a lot of young talent at wide receiver and I feel like I have an opportunity to play early.”
Harrison’s commitment was the first piece of good news on the recruiting trail for the Longhorns since September. The month of October was spoiled with on-field losses to Oklahoma and TCU, along with three decommitments on the defensive side of the football. Harrison was Texas’ 18th pledge for the 2020 cycle. The class ranks sixth in the nation and first in the Big 12.