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Former DC standout leaves Tennessee, lands at Jackson State

Saturday, January 26, 2013

After a stellar baseball career at DCHS that included a state championship title during his freshman season, Colton Harris graduated in May of 2012 and looked forward to a college career playing for the University of Tennessee.

After one tough semester academically in Knoxville, Harris made the decision to transfer. With solid offers on the table from junior college powers Dyersburg State as well as Jackson State, the talented-left-hander made the decision to sign with the Generals.

Speaking to the State Gazette by phone, Harris acknowledged he would have been eligible to play for the Vols this spring, but needed to re-evaluate where he was and more importantly where he was going.

"I just got lazy and needed to get away and think about what I wanted to do," Harris said. "I'm disappointed in myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity because I know I could have helped Tennessee out this season."

Harris was reportedly going to see upward of 40 innings during his freshman campaign in Knoxville, time that will now be spent at Jackson State as he looks to get back on track academically and develop a work ethic in the classroom that he possesses on the field.

"I like the program here and I think I can step right in and help to win some games," stated Harris about signing with the Generals.

Though transferring wasn't in the plans, Harris hopes to make the most of his opportunity with the Generals and hopefully return to the Vols after two years at the JUCO level.

"They said they'd like to have me back if I can get things worked out," added Harris. "I'm planning on doing this for two years and then going back to a four-year school when I graduate."

Preston Ozment, head baseball coach at DCHS, wasn't shocked at his former player's decision to transfer, but wished him the best to hopefully return one day to the D-1 level.

"I think he knows what he has to do to get back to where he was," said Ozment. "It's probably going to be better for him in the long run to go this route and work his way back to competing at a high level."

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