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Florida receiver Demarcus Harris joins UK 2019 commitment class

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vero Beach (Fla.) receiver Demarcus Harris had a little bit different way of announcing his college choice. He wrote a blog post for tcpalm.com announcing that he had verbally committed to Kentucky.

The 6-2, 180-pound Harris had other Southeastern Conference offers as well as ACC offers. He had 43 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017 after making 20 catches for 220 yards and two scores in 2016. That means in two years, he’s averages 19.4 yards per reception.

Here’s part of what he wrote:

“Playing college football has been a dream of mine the last few years. I didn’t dream of this at night because I know many people don’t get that option, but I’m blessed to say I get to pick which school I get to go to.

“This whole recruiting process has been crazy, but it’s been humbling at the same time. The process is like playing a game of cards. You have to play them as they’re dealt to you. I’m enjoying it, but I’m really happy about the school I’m committing to.

“For me, playing football and going to college goes hand in hand. To be able to get a free education and play the sport you love is a win-win. I’ve visited a lot of schools the past few months. The thing I value most in a college is the academics — I plan to major in sports management. My parents have been preaching to me about going to college since I was in the eighth grade and I understand how important a college education is.

“I also factored in the love that the school showed and whether I feel comfortable or not.

“In the end, I went to the place where I felt at home. I’m blessed and honored to say I will be going to the University of Kentucky.”

He wrote that UK receivers coach Michael Smith “seemed like my dad” and said all the coaches “were very inviting and real” to him.

Jon Santucci of tcpalm.com noted that Harris had a “breakout” season last year. He had two interception returns for 56 yards. He averaged 13.3 yards per kickoff return and 10 yards per punt return.

“At this point in his development, he looks like a more polished version of former Vero Beach star receiver Michael Smith (now at Pittsburgh). Harris has an ideal blend of size, speed and athleticism and can play outside or in the slot in college,” Santucci wrote.

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