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Rutgers Football, Baseball Signee is a Unique Athlete

Jawuan Harris will not only play football for the Scarlet Knights, but will play baseball as well.

Two-sport star Jawuan Harris (1) is headed to Rutgers.

Two-sport star Jawuan Harris (1) is headed to Rutgers.


Back on National Signing Day, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights obtained an interesting wide receiver in Jawuan Harris.

The 5-10 receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale , Fla.) will not only play football for the Scarlet Knights, but will play baseball as well.

Harris, who will primarily play Z-receiver, will also likely serve as a slot receiver and special teams returner. He could very well become a extremely interesting playmaker for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Harris originally committed to FAU last spring, but changed his mind after receiving an offer letter and visiting Rutgers.

“It was after my official visit when I met with the team and the coaching staff that I knew,” said Harris.  “Rutgers also is a top academic school, especially for medicine.”

Harris will be facing a multitude of challenging tasks next fall including balancing football, baseball and a rigorous course load with his pre-med major, however, he feels that his education at St. Thomas Aquinas provided him with the much needed time management and college preparation he needed.

Since Harris’ classes were geared towards going into medical school, he feels that the transition to college level classes will be somewhat easy for him.

Unlike most college athletes, Harris virtually gets no off-season.  Once football ends, baseball begins and once baseball ends, it is time for football season.  However, this is something that the senior is used to.  When he has free time during football season he makes sure that he stays loose for baseball, partaking in various outfield drills.

Harris plays all over the outfield, but given his speed, mostly plays center.

For a high school senior, Harris already shows the discipline and poise a two sport athlete needs.  He will be working with both teams making sure that he excels in both sports.

A dedicated athlete like this is exactly what the Scarlet Knights need both in football and baseball, and it will be interesting to see the impact he has in the Scarlet Knights sophomore season in the Big Ten.

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Diane Quail

Diane is a Staff Writer here at
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