Tennessee landed one of the nation’s top defensive backs in the 2019 class on Friday.

Four-star rising senior defensive back Anthony Harris of Havelock (N.C.) High School announced Friday afternoon that he has committed to the Vols, choosing Tennessee over North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech during a ceremony at his school.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Harris gave the Vols their ninth known commitment for the 2019 class and their first from a defensive back.

Harris visited Tennessee in March to attend the Vols’ pro day, where he watched former Havelock standout Kendal Vickers — a former Tennessee defensive tackle — work out in front of NFL representatives.

Former Vols coach Butch Jones’ staff extended a scholarship offer to Harris in October, and first-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff picked up where the former staff left off.

Harris is ranked the No. 171 overall prospect and No. 11 safety in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite for the 2019 class.

He’s also ranked by 247Sports as the No. 132 overall player and No. 8 safety in the 2019 class.

Harris has referred to Tennessee as one of his favorites for months. In early May, after he visited North Carolina for the first time, he said Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina were the four schools standing out most to him.

"It's just the people at those schools," Harris told 247Sports’ Don Callahan at the time. "I like the coaches and the people around those schools."

As a junior, he recorded 88 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and an interception on defense. On offense, he also accounted for 219 rushing yards, 356 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Harris told Don Callahan in early May that he wasn’t planning to announce his college decision until sometime this season.

But he decided to end his recruitment a bit sooner than that.

Havelock coach Caleb King, who was Vickers’ defensive coordinator at Havelock, told 247Sports’ Michael Clark in November that Harris “is the first player to practice and the last player to leave.”

“Anthony can play it all — offense, defense, special teams, kick the ball, return the kicks, and sell hot dogs at halftime. He’s so diverse in what he can do,” King told Clark.

“But, if you backed me against the wall, I would probably say he's a safety. His ability to track the ball, his physicality (and) his ability to play downhill all the time, that's really, really elite.”

King also told Clark that Harris is “as good of a football player as we have ever had here.” Former South Carolina star Pharoh Cooper, former Tennessee running back Derrell Scott and Florida State’s Keion Joyner are among the players Havelock has produced in recent years.

“He's a football player,” King said of Harris. “He's a roll the ball out there and he's going to make plays kind of guy.”