Harris makes if official, signs with FIU

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By Claude Lewis

Back in September, Joey Harris made a verbal commitment to continue his football career at Florida International University.

Last Wednesday, Feb. 6, Harris proved that his word is good, as he officially signed a letter of intent to attend FIU, a Division I college located in Miami.

Harris, who played defensive end and tight end for Chiefland High, was recruited by FIU receivers coach Frank Ponce during spring practice last year.

Harris hopes to play as a true freshman. FIU plans to use him at tight end.

"They want me to play,"said Harris, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 235-pounder."I'm the only tight end signing. They have one returning tigh end who's a walk-on."

FIU was the only school chasing after the services of Harris, who said he would most likely have played baseball if it weren't for the interest shown by the Golden Panthers.

"They showed they were sincere in their interest,"Harris said. "I visited there three times. I also plan on visiting during spring break."

Harris said he would like to study physical therapy.

Harris was off to a great start as a senior at Chiefland High, but an injury to his right knee cut his season in half.

"It happened near the end of the Newberry game,"Harris said. "I missed five games. It was a shame."

Harris had ligament surgery on Dec. 11 and has been rehabbing. He expects to be 100 percent by the time he gets down to Miami this summer.

FIU has been playing DI for two years now. This past season, the Panthers were 1-11 with a win over North Texas.

FIU is hoping to recruit in-state sleepers and climb the ladder quickly ala South Florida, Central Florida and Florida Atlantic.

Another CHS grad–Cortez Gent –enjoyed a breakout year as wide receiver at FAU.