For Douglass running back Christopher High, the decision to play football at Navy was about more than just football.
“He understands the challenges before him,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. “During the recruiting process, he understood everything that is going to be expected of him. Anyone that goes to any of the service academies, that says a lot about you as a person. Chris is a good football player and an even better person. Navy is getting a first class young man.”
Navy also is getting a first class running back. High was the District 4A-2 Player of the Year and the All-City Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
High said Navy coaches told him that he was the Midshipmen's top prospect. At Navy, High will be playing in an option offense that is considered one of the most unorthodox and innovative in the country.
“It's going to be tricky (to learn), but I will get used to it,” he said.
High also is looking forward to Navy's schedule which annually plays such powers as Notre Dame.
“The biggest school I want to play,” he said of the Fighting Irish. “It's on one of the biggest stages around.”
Football, though, takes a back seat to the opportunities that the Naval Academy will offer High.
“I get to explore the world and it's all paid for,” High said. “I feel like everything is set for me. I want to come back and help my family and support the school.”
Douglass safety Terry Harris signed with Morgan State on Wednesday. Harris signed with the historically black college, because the Baltimore, Md., school showed the most interest in the All-City Athletic Conference's and District 4A-2's Defensive Player of the Year.
“After my third game they offered me a scholarship,” Harris said. “Two or three weeks after that, after thinking it through, I just decided it was the best situation for me.”
Alexander called Harris, a three-year starter at Douglass, a quiet leader who is very workmanlike.
“He is going to be hard to replace,” Alexander said. “If he were 6-feet tall, I know he would be one of the top defensive backs in the nation.”
Also signing letters of intent to play college football from Douglass Wednesday were Chavez Wyatt, Northeastern Oklahoma; Anthony Williams, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; and Glenn Banks, Dior Smiley and Lorenzo Zuniga, all signing with Langston.
The seven seniors won 37 games in three seasons at Douglass and were part of three conference championships, two district championships, one state runner-up and one state championship.
In the past six years, Douglass has produced 55 athletes who have signed letters of intent to play college football and thus were able to pursue a college education.
“To us, that's really what we're all about,” Alexander said. “Not how many games you win on the field, but how many lives you impact.”