Growing up in Englewood, New Jersey taught me so much at a very young age. Englewood is home to countless athletes with incredible talent and endless potential that far too often isn’t reached. I knew early in my life that football was my passion from the first time I put on a jersey, till this day I still get that chill. I always told myself I am seizing my opportunity and making it out. As I mentioned earlier, the wood is home to a lot of talent, but very few are able to use that talent to get to bigger and better places.
My father was the heartbeat of my family; he kept everything running smooth and made sure we had everything we needed in life. As far as guidance, he always showed me the way. I knew from a young age to lead and never follow. He told me early during my junior year in high school when recruiting started to pick up for me that "We can't pay for college, so you better make sure you focus in school so you can get a scholarship." I responded "Don't worry Dad, I got you.” Unfortunately just a few short months after, my father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. This was a very difficult time for my family and myself but I had a promise to fulfill.
After national signing day, I found myself on the other side of the country in Iowa City, to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa was a huge learning experience for me; I made some unique lifelong friendships with some special people, but Iowa was not where I belonged. Leaving Iowa was tough but I knew it was what I had to do. I wanted a fresh start and an opportunity to do more. I had an array of different opportunities to play football elsewhere at big universities, but going juco made the most sense for me at the time. So, I packed my bags said a few goodbyes and headed to Scranton, PA to go to Lackawanna Community College.
Lackawanna was a great stepping stone, not only did I get to ball with my brothers from high school Tyrone Washington and Nick Flores, but I also got to learn more about myself as a man. Juco humbled me in a way I could never imagine. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to learn and understand what it took to reach my potential and become the man my father wanted me to become. Late in the summer while everyone is getting ready for camp, I was just sitting at home wondering where I'll be come the fall. I get a text asking about my status from Matt Hewitt (an Englewood native) who works in recruiting for Rutgers. I Told him my situation and Rutgers took a chance on me. They gave me the opportunity to come home and play football for the Flagship University of the state I call home. At that moment I realized, there is a God and he has my back through all the ups and downs. Today, I am still working and growing to become the best version of Terrence Harris I can possibly be.
I'm completely thankful and blessed to be in the position I'm in. Big things await.