Less than a week after picking Massachusetts, Wise All-Met Antonio Harris has flipped his oral commitment to Towson. The 6-foot-4, 310 pound lineman cited the chance to play offense with the Tigers as the biggest motivator behind the switch.
Harris had settled on Towson and Massachusetts as his finalists and offered his oral commitment to U-Mass. Coach Charley Molnar in person on Sunday at the conclusion of his official visit. With the Minutemen, he expected to begin his career playing defense.
But Harris, who started all four years on offense at Wise and just the past two on defense, reconsidered this week after deciding he would rather play on the offensive line at the next level. He called both schools on Thursday with the news and plans to make it official when he signs a national letter of intent on Wednesday.
“When you go to college everybody’s big and strong, and it comes down to technique and fundamentals,” said Harris, who helped the Pumas win their first Maryland 4A title in the fall. “I’m a natural offensive lineman, and I’m more comfortable playing over there, so I felt like I should put myself in the best position possible.”
In landing Harris, Towson adds to its strong local recruiting haul. Recruits can officially sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday, and the Tigers’ latest class is expected to include seven other local players: Douglass defensive end D’Sean Cummings, Northwestern running back Darius Victor, Maret defensive tackle Tre Bowens, DeMatha safety Brian Charles, McDonough wide receiver James Harrell, Watkins Mill cornerback Dontay Hears and Reservoir linebacker James Simms.
In an interview earlier this week, Cummings noted that Harris was the only player in the four-man group that took an official visit to the school on the weekend of Dec. 15 who had not chosen the school. Cummings, Charles and Union City (N.J.) quarterback Isaiah Diaz-Mays all offered their oral commitments shortly after that weekend.
Now Harris, who plans to major in criminal justice, will join them playing for Coach Rob Ambrose.
“It’s a big switch, but I felt like it was the best thing for me to do,” Harris said. “And now my family can come see me play. That was the best fit at the end of the day.”