See You Next Fall: Jermari Harris announces he is returning to the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes got another one.

No, they didn’t go to the transfer portal. They kept another one of their own at home. Cornerback Jermari Harris has announced that he will be returning for another season in Iowa City.

This news comes on the heels of linebacker Jay Higgins announcing that he is coming back for another season despite surely having draft prospects and an NFL home. Something about being a Hawkeye has kept these two in black and gold one more year.

Harris, the 2023 Comeback Player of the Year for the Hawkeyes, started 12 games in 2023 and has appeared in 32 games for Iowa. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound defensive back totaled 42 tackles, nine pass breakups, and an interception. In total, he has a career line of 78 tackles, 17 pass breakups, and five interceptions.

Harris’ decision to stay proves critically important for Phil Parker’s defense and there is a very real chance it could be the first domino to fall in a secondary that is full of decisions.

Headlined by projected first-round NFL draft pick in cornerback Cooper DeJean, Iowa’s secondary is waiting on announcements on if DeJean is returning for another year along with decisions from safety Quinn Schulte and CASH Sebastian Castro, who had a coming out party this season.

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