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Ellwood Christian Academy safety Bennett Harris gathered with family, friends and fellow students in the Ellwood gym on Thursday to celebrate his commitment to play football for Alabama State University. -- Robert Hudson
Ellwood Christian Academy safety Bennett Harris gathered with family, friends and fellow students in the Ellwood gym on Thursday to celebrate his commitment to play football for Alabama State University. -- Robert Hudson

Ellwood’s Harris signs with ASU

Published 6:34pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

While Ellwood Christian Academy safety Bennett ‘BJ’ Harris will be heading to a new school this fall, he’ll still be wearing the familiar black and gold.

Harris will trade in the black and gold of the Ellwood Eagles for the black and gold of the Alabama State University Hornets, as he’s committed on football scholarship to play at the next level.

Harris said it’s a great feeling to not only sign a scholarship, but also “Just seeing my momma and daddy smiling.”

“It feels good. It’s something I thought I’d never be doing,” Harris said. “It’s going to take hard work, determination, and getting my grades to stay in school.”

Ellwood head football coach Mike Stokes said seeing players be able to continue their academic and athletic careers is one of the best things about being a coach.

“To me, it’s gratifying. I think it’s the most gratifying part of the job,” Stokes said. “To see a good kid that worked hard and did what he was supposed to do be able go and play ball again is good. Especially being able to further his education.”

Stokes added that Harris is a good individual with all the tools to be a great player.

“I tell folks all the time about BJ, don’t be surprised if you see him on Sundays,” Stokes said. “He’s a 6’4, 190 pound free safety and with all the physical tools. It’s just a matter of him getting that work and doing what he’s supposed to do to be able to stay there, go to class and just do the right thing.”

Harris said the opportunity isn’t all about football, it’s about getting an education.

“I’m getting a chance to get a good education and have a better life for myself,” Harris said, “and I’m just not going to college to play football, I’m playing football while I’m in college.”

 

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