Maplewood linebacker Malik Harris has committed to Tennessee-Martin.
“I’ve still got a long recruitment, but I like the feel I’m getting there,” said the 6-2, 225-pounder. “It felt like home. It’s a good environment for me.”
UT-M is the first school to offer Harris.
“We’d been discussing it, and he felt comfortable with the staff, so he went ahead and made that move,” Maplewood coach Arcentae Broome said regarding Harris, who transferred from Pope John Paul II and played the second half of last season.
“He’s got a lot of athleticism. He may be one of those kids with a few different positions he could play. He’s got the build for outside linebacker, but he could easily play defensive end or middle linebacker. He’s got soft hands; he could play tight end. He’s good on the blocking end and he can catch.
“So for them, they’re getting a kid that can play multiple positions. You hardly ever see a kid go both ways at that level, but he’s athletic enough that if they wanted to convert him, they could.”
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