Arkansas has landed a second verbal commit from Pine Bluff for its 2014 football team.
Watson Chapel linebacker Joshua Harris confirmed Sunday that he will accept an invitation to walk on to the Razorbacks. The confirmation came three days before National Signing Day.
“I just figured it was a good opportunity for me,” Harris said. “(Assistant coach Barry Lunney) asked if I would walk on to the team, and I figured I would go up there and do some good work and represent the city, possibly get a scholarship later on.”
Lunney also helped Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema recruit Dollarway quarterback/safety Joshua Liddell. Liddell verbally committed last month and is expected to sign with the Razorbacks on Wednesday.
Harris had a stellar senior season at Watson Chapel with 142 tackles (five sacks) and two interceptions. He was named to the All-Southeast Arkansas team.
Harris is forgoing offers from Henderson State, Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas. His father Jackie, a 1986 Dollarway graduate, played collegiately at Louisiana-Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana) before a 12-year career in the NFL with the Packers, Buccaneers, Titans and Cowboys.
“It’s one of those things where Joshua had a desire to play at a collegiate level,” Jackie Harris said. “We kind of talked about the process. I just wanted him to find a place where he felt comfortable and could contribute. When the largest school in the state shows interest, kids tend to respond.”
ULM and Southeast Missouri also showed interest in Joshua Harris, according to his parents, but Jackie didn’t want to push his son to follow in his own footsteps.
“It can be a blessing and a curse,” Jackie Harris said, asked what if Joshua had elected to go to ULM. “I try not to be a parent who pushes my kids to do what I did. He liked it down there, but they had only shown a little bit of interest in him, and he decided to look at some opportunities in Arkansas.”