Boys Varsity Football
Columbus North rising senior J.D. Harris has committed to Northern Illinois University for football beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
A 5-11, 165-pound defensive back, Harris grabbed a team-best five interceptions in 2016 in helping the Bull Dogs to a 9-2 season that included a runner-up finish in Conference Indiana. Harris also caught eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns on offense and saw some time as a punt returner. He was chosen Class 6A Junior All-State by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
“I knew I wanted to play (at a Football Bowl Subdivision program),” Harris told The Republic about picking NIU, a member of the Mid-American Conference located in DeKalb, Ill.
“I was holding out for that, I just hadn’t found a school that I felt right. When I got on campus and they said I had an opportunity to play as a freshman, I felt that was the right place.”
Harris previously had offers from five Football Championship Subdivision programs in Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Illinois. But the FBS opportunity combined with the fact that the Huskies will be graduating three defensive backs after the coming season made Northern Illinois the right choice for him.
“They have a great business facility, and they have new dorms,” Harris told the newspaper. “Their football field is nice, they have a really nice indoor facility and they have a really good coaching staff. They’re really good guys, and they want to win. When I left, I told them I wanted to be a Husky.”