Selma High’s Harris signs football scholarship to HuntingdonPublished 8:19pm Thursday, April 4, 2013
After a lengthy recruiting process that included such schools as Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Alcorn and Faulkner University, Selma quarterback Jesse Harris will be playing next year for Huntingdon College in Montgomery.
Harris signed his scholarship offer Wednesday morning surrounded by members of Selma’s coaching staff and fellow teammates.
“I’m excited,” Harris said. “I am excited to get there, show them that I can play and give them everything I can.”
Harris, who racked up more than 1,100 yards rushing, 1,200 yards passing and 17 touchdowns during his senior year, said he was recruited to the school as an athlete and isn’t sure yet where he will have the chance to compete.
“Half of the coaching staff wants me to play quarterback, the other half of the coaching staff wants me at receiver,” Harris said. “All I told them was wherever they play me, I will give them 110 percent of what I’ve got. I just want to play.”
Harris said the decision came down to the opportunity to play and the chance to get a good education. Harris is seeking a degree in finance.
“Jesse has done a super job, he’s deserving of this opportunity and I think he’s going to prove to a lot of people in this state that he can play and play well,” Selma High head football coach Leroy Miles said. “He did a great job for us and he’ll do a great job at the next level.”
Harris played as a dual-threat quarterback, threatening opposing defenses with his arm strength and leg strength. He played quarterback throughout his senior year and played three games at quarterback during his junior year as coaches worked to get him ready for his senior campaign.
The Huntingdon Hawks are a Division III independent school and went 6-3 during their 2012 season.