Harris said that he picked Wake Forest over Mississippi State and plans to attend school there next fall.
“I had a gut feeling when I got there, and I had a good relationship with the coaching staff,” he said of Wake. “I like the academics portion of it. I can be successful with academics and football at the same time.”
Harris took a visit to the Winston-Salem, N.C. campus at the end of June, and toured throughout the football program’s facilities, including one other quirk in the program.
“They took me around the facilities,” he said. “At Wake Forest, they go to church on Sundays. They have a church inside of the facilities. So, you go there on Sundays. I really like that.”
Although Harris had considerations from in-state schools, he said that his family supported any decision to play football out of state.
Marietta coach Scott Burton said he wouldn’t comment on Harris’ commitment until speaking with Wake Forest first.
However, Marietta senior quarterback Anthony Jennings, who just returned from an Elite 11 camp in southern California, said that he knew about Harris’ decision before any information was leaked to the public. Jennings said that the difference in college commitments will only force the two friends to cherish their last year on-field together that much more.
“I think he’s a very close friend of mine. We always work out together and work on extra things to get better. We call each other to look at film sometimes or even go out and throw a couple (of passes).
“There’s always a time where you have to move on. We still have one more year. This year, we will thrive and have even more yards than we did previously. I think we will in the state championship game.”
In addition to having high team aspirations, Harris said that he thinks he could set personal receiving records at Marietta. Jennings agreed that he and Harris have the potential to do great things in their respective senior seasons.
“I think we will have a very productive year in all aspects of the game,” he said. “Also, I feel like I’ve gotten better as a player, a teammate and even mentally.”
However, with Jennings’ commitment to LSU, the quarterback-wide receiver pairing will be in their last year together on field. Outside of a potential postseason matchup, the two aren’t likely to play against each other either. However, Jennings’ commitment had little influence on Harris’ college decision and vice versa.
At Wake Forest, the coaching staff has told Harris that he will have every opportunity to start.
“(The coaches) said that if you can play, you can play,” he said. “Mainly, they always give guys (a chance). If I can play with the big dogs, then they’ll put me in. If not, then I’ll get a redshirt.”
In school, he plans to major in business and marketing.