Ex-Tennessee WR Harris signs with Louisville

Iowa Western wide receiver Paul Harris, a former Tennessee player, signed his paperwork with the University of Louisville on Wednesday. Harris, who committed in the fall, will arrive on campus on January 4 and will participate in spring ball.

Paul Harris is now officially signed up for his second chance.

Harris, a former four-star wide receiver out Accokeek, Md., near Washington D.C., spent one season at Tennessee but said it "just didn't work out" for him.

On Wednesday, Harris signed to play for the University of Louisville on the first day of the junior-college signing period. He will enroll at U of L on Jan. 4 and has three years to use up three years of eligibility with the Cardinals.

"I can't wait," Harris said. "I've been waiting to get there."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Harris injured his hamstring prior to the season and is not playing this season at Iowa Western. He's sitting out the games but is going through practices.

Harris said he is "all the way healthy" and ready to participate in spring ball.

"I want to play for coach (Bobby) Petrino," Harris said. "I love the offense and I think I am going to fit in well. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Harris told CardinalAuthority.com that he "wants to be" the next DeVante Parker for the U of L program but models his game more like NFL veteran Steve Smith, noting "that's me."

A native of Upper Marlboro, Md., Harris was one of the top receivers in the country in the Class of 2013. He picked Tennessee over USC and Oregon in the end.

As a senior in 2012, Harris hauled in 32 receptions for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns to help lead Frederick Douglass to a second-consecutive Class 2A state runner-up finish. He kicked a 26-yard game-winning field goal during one of his team's playoff wins that season.

In 2013, Harris played in five games at Tennessee and caught one pass for 15 yards. But in December he announced he was leaving the Volunteers program and ended up at Iowa Western where he will play one season.

U of L was one of the first schools to contact - and offer - Harris a scholarship after he arrived at Iowa Western. He also had an offer from East Carolina and interest from Central Florida, Boise State, TCU, South Carolina, Kansas and Indiana.

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