The Copperas Cove football program provides the college ranks with prospects on an annual basis and Sunday was no exception.
Quarterback Manny Harris committed to play for the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, according to Copperas Cove’s sports information director Joe Lombardi.
NCAA rules allow high school players to make oral, nonbinding commitments to football programs, but they cannot sign letters of intent until National Signing Day in early February. The signing day for the Class of 2015 is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2015.
In 2013, Harris was an Associated Press Class 5A All-State selection after setting school records for most passing yards in a game and single season. Harris threw for 516 yards in his first-ever career start on Aug. 30 and 3,775 yards on the season. Both shattered school records held by former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Robert Griffin III.
Harris helped the Bulldawgs make their 10th consecutive playoff appearance.
Rivals.com, a prominent recruiting site, does not have Harris ranked, but has him listed with a 4.7-second 40-yard dash time. The site lists 17 different NCAA Division I schools, including Baylor, Texas, Oregon State, Rice, SMU and Texas State as showing interest in Harris.
The Roadrunners are entering their fourth season of play and have compiled a 19-15 record in their short history. The team is coached by Larry Coker, who won a national championship at Miami in 2001.
UTSA went 7-5 in 2013, including a 6-2 mark in Conference USA. The Roadrunners closed out the year with five straight conference wins and were the C-USA West Division runner-up behind Rice.
UTSA may be new to college football but has some big games against quality foes scheduled by the time Harris comes to campus after the 2014 prep football season.
The Roadrunners have a trip to Arizona and Oklahoma State as well as home games against Kansas State and Colorado State in 2015.
UTSA also has dates at Kyle Field against Texas A&M scheduled for 2016 and 2019.
The Roadrunners begin a home-and-home series with Baylor beginning in 2017. The teams meet at McLane Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017, and the Alamodome on Sept. 8, 2018.
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