E.A. Sports Today

Saks’ Harris chooses UWA

Saks QB expected to return to running back in the college ranks

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Devin Harris moved to quarterback for the good of the team this season and enjoyed it, but he’ll be returning to the position of his roots in college after committing to West Alabama.

Harris confirmed his commitment to East Alabama Sports Today Sunday night.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m ready to go and live my dream to play college football.”

Harris committed to UWA over South Alabama, North Alabama, Troy and Illinois State.

“Other colleges weren’t talking to me as much as West Alabama,” he said. “They run the offense I like to run and their running backs get to do a lot different things. After thinking about it all, I feel that’s the right place for me.”

When Harris goes to Livingston he’ll return to a role he played as a junior at Saks. He was moved to quarterback this season to fill the team’s biggest need and keep his skills on the field and flourished.

He rushed for 1,916 yards and 27 touchdowns on 173 carries. On those rare occasions the Wildcats did pass, he was 30 of 75 for 654 yards and eight TDs.

“Looking back it was fun; I rushed for like 1,900 yards as a quarterback, which was unheard of,” he said. “It’s something I had to do, but I’m glad I did it.

“I like running around and stuff. It’s more exciting than being a quarterback.”

There were several Calhoun County players on a visit to West Alabama this weekend, including Jacksonville’s versatile Sid Thurmond and Piedmont’s C.J. Savage. Thurmond is the son of UWA defensive assistant Maxwell Thurmond.

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