Jawuan Harris was a strong enough baseball player at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas that he had no plans of calling it a career when he enrolled at Rutgers for football training camp.
Harris, who is a wide receiver and outfielder, committed as a two-sport athlete and remains committed to both sports as the Rutgers baseballl team prepares for its 2016 season.
"It's exactly what I wanted, so I'm very glad," Harris said.
Harris battled injuries as a red-shirting receiver for the football team. He balances an offseason between football meetings and an ongoing battle on the baseball field for a vacant left field position.
Harris is a serious student in addition to his multi-sport Rutgers career, so the upcoming months of class, the baseball season and spring football practice represents an exciting challenge.
"On a Monday, I'll wake up, go to class, have a football meeting, go to baseball practice and then have class later that night," Harris said. "It depends on the day but now that the season is coming up, we're going to lessen with football [involvement]. Depending on the day, it will be baseball first then football."
As a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, Harris hit .440 and stole 44 bases.
"We are excited to have Jawuan on the team," said baseball coach Joe Litterio. "He is a talented athlete and it has been a smooth transition back to baseball for him. Just like everyone on the team, he has been working hard to get ready for the season and is in the mix for one of the outfield spots. It takes a lot of dedication to play two sports in college while keeping up academically. He has done a nice job of that so far."