Juan Harris has decided to review his options … again.
For the third time, the 6-foot-3, 367-pound defensive tackle regarded as one of the top prep recruits in the country in 2017 has decommitted from an Iowa football program he first committed to in December, 2014.
Preparing for his senior season at North Fayette Valley in northeast Iowa, Harris announced his decision Wednesday in a simple statement on Twitter nearly one year after he made his most recent verbal commitment to become a Hawkeye.
“I want to thank the Iowa staff for being true and supportive of me this past year,’’ Harris wrote. “I am decommitting and am going to re-evaluate. I will not do any interviews.’’
Harris reached his latest decision after attending a satellite camp hosted by Illinois on June 3 at Gately Stadium in Chicago.
He has since been offered a scholarship by the Fighting Illini, adding Lovie Smith’s program to a list of offers that includes Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisville, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
A consensus three-star recruit, Harris is the top-ranked recruit in the state of Iowa in the Class of 2017 and is currently rated by Rivals.com as the 34th-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation.
He caught the eye of some of the nation’s elite programs because of his 40-yard dash time of 5.2 seconds and his ability to bench more than 400 pounds and squat more than 700 pounds in the weight room.
Harris initially made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Iowa shortly after the end of his sophomore season at North Fayette Valley, the third high school he had attended in three states in less than two years.
He backed off of his original commitment to Iowa on Jan. 2, 2015, just over a month after announcing on Dec. 1, 2014 that he would be a Hawkeye. He committed to Iowa again a little over weeks later.
Harris de-committed for a second time on March 16, 2015, one day after he received an offer from Michigan.
He announced last year on June 25 that he was again committed to the Hawkeyes.
On Twitter that day, he wrote, “I’m done with it. I spent a lot of time thinking about what was the right thing to do and for me, the right thing is going to the University of Iowa.’’
At that time, Harris indicated he reached that conclusion after visiting a number of campuses, attending a few camps and a long heart-to-heart talk with his godfather who attended a camp at Michigan with him.
“He said I needed to stop committing and decommitting and figure out where I wanted to be,’’ Harris said. “He said nobody could make the decision besides me. I think I wanted to get out and see what was out there. What I found out is that Iowa has everything I need to become the best player I can be.’’
Harris offered no explanation for now as to why his thoughts changed. The earliest he can sign a binding letter of intent is Feb. 1, 2017.
His decision leaves Iowa with nine verbal commitments in a 2017 recruiting class currently ranked among the top 20 nationally by recruiting services.