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Woodbridge's Taylor Harris roams the defensive backfield for his team during a game against Battlefield on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

About two weeks ago, Taylor Harris was scanning the internet when he noticed an item involving Navy’s football team

A free safety recruit had decommitted from the Midshipmen. Immediately, Harris sensed an opportunity.

The Woodbridge High School senior asked his coach Gary Wortham to send Navy his information and let them know he was available.

Navy liked what it saw and asked Harris to visit the school. On Tuesday, Harris met with head coach Ken Niumatalolo, who told Harris he was shocked Harris was uncommitted. Two continued to talk and agreed Harris was a good fit.

Just over two months after East Carolina rescinded its offer to Harris, he now had a college destination again.

“I’m so glad I can say I am committed,” Harris said. “I wanted to say something, but there was nothing to say.”

Harris re-opened his recruiting after the school pulled his scholarship offer when he decided to hold off signing during the Dec. 19-21 early signing period and sign instead Feb. 6, the first day of the National Signing Period.

Harris committed to the Pirates April 19 and made an official visit to the school the weekend of Dec. 8.

ECU changed head coaches late last year, announcing the hiring of Mike Houston from James Madison University Dec. 3 to replace the fired Scottie Montgomery. Harris told ECU he wanted to hold off signing until he got a chance to know the coaching staff better. 

Harris said he was confident something would work out.

Things started picking up for Harris over the last week after he received offers from Austin Peay and Sacred Heart.

“I had to remind myself I’m not in a hole,” Harris said. “It’s just a process.”

Harris said he plans to attend Navy’s prep school first in Newport, Rhode Island before going to Annapolis.

“I went to Navy and really liked it,” Harris said. “You could feel the brotherhood. In the long run, I’m getting what I want.”

David Fawcett is the sports editor for InsideNoVa.com. Reach him at dfawcett@insidenova.com

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This is great news for the kid in the long run. Navy produces world leaders and business moguls and they play a much better schedule than ECU and win more. Going to an academy is HUGE!

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