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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Wise lineman Antonio Harris commits to Towson instead of UMass.
Published on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Two months ago, the Dr. Henry A. Wise High football program captured its first state title in school history.
On Feb. 6, seven student-athletes from the program signed National Letters of Intent to play college football, including a pair of Football Championship Subdivision signees in linemen Antonio Harris (Towson) and Jai Franklin (Old Dominion).
Chase Powell (Winston-Salem State), Myles Humphrey (Shepherd) and Chaudlier Shepherd (Concord) signed with Division II programs, while D’Angelo Niler and Frank Porter both received full scholarships to play for ASA College, a junior college program based in New York City.
Harris, who gave an oral pledge to UMass after taking an official visit to the school on Jan. 27, recently had a change of heart. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound standout switched his commitment to Towson and made it official when he signed with the FCS program on National Signing Day.
“Towson, that’s where I should be,” said Harris, who plans to play guard in college. “If I go to Towson I won’t have any regrets.”
Harris joins a Towson recruiting class that includes fellow county products Darius Victor (Northwestern), Brian Charles (DeMatha) and D’Sean Cummings (Douglass) along with Bowie native Tre’ Bowens who attends the Maret School in Washington, D.C.
Harris helped Wise finish 14-0 and earn the Upper Marlboro school’s first-ever state championship. The Pumas had twice suffered losses in two previous trips to the state title game but the third time was a charm.
“It feels good to finally win it,” said Harris, who was part of a Wise team that outscored its opponents last season, 547-50. “I was so happy we finally did it. It was all worth it after we won.”
Harris said he looks forward to working with Towson offensive line coach John Donatelli.
“I can’t wait to get up there and start working out,” said Harris. “He doesn’t make it seem like it’s work, he makes it seem like it’s fun.”