Wide receiver Michael Harley will be watching the Russell Athletic Bowl with interest when West Virginia plays Miami on Dec. 28.
Harley, from No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), commited to West Virginia in June but received a Miami offer last month and has visited the campus multiple times.
Harley said the result of the bowl game will be a factor, but contrary to a report, not the only one, he told USA TODAY High School Sports on Monday night.
“No sir, it’s not that simple,” Harley said when asked whether, as reported, the winner of the game would automatically be his college choice.
“I will stay committed or commit to Miami when the time is right,” he said. “Everything is 50-50 between the game two schools.”
Harley was quoted as saying that he would attend the winning school by 247Sports, although the story goes on to note that Harley planned to visit both schools in January. National Signing Day is Feb. 1.
Harley plans to attend the bowl game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, also the site of his incredible performance Friday in the Florida 7A title game. In a 45-6 victory against Plant (Tampa) that gave Aquinas a three-peat, Harley had five receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Among them was a 62-yarder from Jake Allen that led to the running clock late in the third quarter.
The speedy 5-9 Harley will play his final high school game at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio.