WR Antwaun Harris to Wear BYU Blue this Fall

Less than 24 hours after he verbally committed to BYU coaches on Friday, the big-play Texas wide receiver caught a dramatic game-winning touchdown with 41 seconds left in the Coca-Cola Dallas-Forth Worth 5A All-Star game last Saturday night. He exited the game with three receptions for 97 yards, and with his East All-Stars' team a 23-19 victor.

Antwaun Harris, the 6-0, 195-pound receiver with 4.4 speed and a 36-inch vertical from South Garland High School (Tex.), confirmed Monday night he spent about 15 anxious minutes Friday trying to reach BYU assistant Todd Bradford to notify him that he was verbally committing to the Cougars.

"His phone was busy and I kept getting the answering machine. I left the message that I was committing. He finally called back about 20 minutes later and he had (BYU Head) Coach Crowton on the phone. He (Bradford) said it was ‘unbelievable news' when I told him I was committing. He was happy and proud," Harris said.

He added that Bradford gave the phone to Coach Crowton who also congratulated him, adding he was "really happy and already getting plays together where I will fit in (his offensive scheme)."

Last season was Harris's first season as a varsity gridiron player and he recorded 38 catches for 820 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Interestingly, BYU assistant Bradford was turned on to Harris when he went to check out three-year star quarterback Jordan Reever at South Garland. Head coach Mickey Moss asked Bradford he should keep an eye out for first-year receiver Harris. When Bradford returned last November, Moss showed him a highlight reel of his little-known receiver that "pretty much blew his socks off," according to Coach Moss.

"Antwaun's a kid that played basketball and we were lucky to get him out for football. He catches the ball really well and has a bunch of speed. A year or two from now, he'll run 4.3. He's an incredible athlete," Coach Moss gushed.

Harris received offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Texas Christian, Baylor and Wyoming.

Antwaun and his grandmother, Faye Harris, took his BYU recruiting trip together the weekend of Jan. 9 expecting "it to be kind of boring." It was anything but. Instead, the trip "was way better than I thought it would be. I was surprised." He was formally offered a scholarship during that visit.

Harris added that "my grandmother and I met with Coach Crowton for about 30 minutes alone. He said I (playing style) reminded him of Troy Edwards, his receiver at Louisiana Tech" – now a standout wide receiver for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. "I liked his (Crowton's) character. He was upfront. He talked a lot about life and not only football. I was really impressed with him," Harris continued.

Equally impressed, his grandmother added: "He (Crowton) told us what he expected of Antwaun and what the school stood for. I like that he's family oriented. He understands how to take care of kids, from little ones (Crowton has seven children from ages 1 to 16) to teenagers. The trip was better than I expected to be truthful. I really liked the atmosphere of the campus," she said.

Mrs. Harris, who raised Antwaun from birth with his solo mother, Velonda, added: "I like BYU's philosophy and the emphasis they (BYU) put on family and education; that's the way I am. I think it's a terrific school. The people I met were real nice and friendly."

While Crowton and Bradford celebrate what is arguably the most talented wide receiver recruiting class in BYU history, Antwaun celebrated his 18th birthday with family and friends Monday night – content with his "firm commitment" to suit up this fall as a BYU Cougar, even as he plans to follow through on a prior commitment to take a final visit to Baylor this weekend.

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