The R-H senior receives a football scholarship to play for the Great Danes.

Clay Harris will be taking his talents to the Capital District in the fall as the Rush-Henrietta senior signed a letter of intent last Wednesday afternoon to attend SUNY Albany.

Harris received a full football scholarship to play for the Great Danes.

“I went on a visit and it just felt like a great fit,” Harris said. “I was going to go in there and work hard and get a great education.”

The 5-foot, 10-inches, 185-pounder played running back and linebacker for the Royal Comets. He hopes to play freshman year.

“The coach said about 90 percent of freshmen do red shirt,” Harris said. “Hopefully, I'll come in there and maybe not be a red shirt. Work hard over the fall and come in and maybe be an impact.

They have me as a runningback.”

He also considered Cornell, Holy Cross, Colgate, and Duquesnne.

“I'm excited for Clay and his family,” said R-H head football coach Joe Montesano. “I'm very proud of everything that he's done and meant for this school. Through our football program he's worked tremendously hard in academics and its all paid off for him.

“I think he made a great decision. I know the coaches at Albany are character guys who have a lot of concern for their players. I think it's a great fit. I'm a big fan of Great Danes now.”

Harris plans on majoring in business administration with a minor in education. He would like to go into phys ed or teaching.

“I definitely was a great time here,” Harris said. “I love Rush-Henrietta, they helped me out in
many ways, my education and sports. I'm glad to leave but I'm sad to go.

“It's been a great time of my life. I'm moving on to the next level.”

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