Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.
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Harris started his collegiate career as a safety for Bethune-Cookman at 205 pounds. After sitting out a year with an injury, he grew to 245 pounds, transferred to Virginia Union University and changed positions.
During the 2012 season, Harris compiled 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He was only one of two Division II players to earn an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January in Los Angeles.
The last Virginia Union player to participate in an NFL game was cornerback Pete Hunter — in 2007.
In joining the Raiders, Harris will be teammates with former Seabreeze kicker Sebastian Janikowski, a first-round pick back in 2000.
He looks to join an impressive list of players who went from undrafted free agents to NFL superstars, including Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
“Hearing my name called would have been great, but then again, being an undrafted free agent I really got to sit down and decide which team would be the best fit for me and put myself in the best situation to make the team.”
Harris will head to California on May 9 for rookie mini-camp and then stay with the team during the summer for organized team activities, according to his agent.