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North Fayette Valley's Juan Harris decommits from Iowa

Big lineman changes mind on Hawkeyes for a third time

North Fayette Valley's Juan Harris (51) closes in on Spirit Lake's Logan Backhaus (10) as he passes the ball during the
North Fayette Valley's Juan Harris (51) closes in on Spirit Lake's Logan Backhaus (10) as he passes the ball during the first quarter of their 2015 Class 2A State Semifinal game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

For the third time, North Fayette Valley defensive lineman Juan Harris has decommitted from Iowa.

On his private Twitter account Wednesday, Harris, a 6-3, 367-pounder, posted this note: “First, I want to thank the Iowa staff for being true and supportive of me this past year. I am de-committing and going to re-evaluate. I will not do any interviews.”

Harris recently attended camps in Chicago and Detroit. His offer list from Rivals.com still includes Illinois, Michigan, Tulane, Utah, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Harris made his first commitment to Iowa on Dec. 1, 2014, when he was Iowa’s first commit for the 2017 class. A month later, he decommitted. A few months later, he committed to the Hawkeyes before again decommitting in March 2015. Last June, he again picked Iowa and remained steadfast until Wednesday’s statement.

When he recommitted last summer, Harris told Voice of the Hawkeyes: “I’m shutting down other schools and Iowa will be the only school I visit and camp for.”

Harris was credited with 26.5 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks for North Fayette Valley last season.

Harris’ de-commitment leaves Iowa with nine oral commitments for the 2017 class, which is expected to include 20 prospects.

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In ESPN’s latest recruiting rankings, Harris was rated the No. 48 guard prospect in the country. Defensive end A.J. Epenesa (Edwardsville, Ill.) is the No. 6 defensive end. Running back Eno Benjamin (Wylie, Texas) is the No. 26 running back. Offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger (Bettendorf) is the No. 31 offensive tackle on ESPN’s list.

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