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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / McCallie's B.J. Harris breaks off a 49-yard run against Montgomery Bell Academy during the TSSAA Division II-AAA BlueCross Bowl state championship game last Dec. 5 at Tennessee Tech.

McCallie football standout B.J. Harris, who will be a senior this coming season, has committed to Missouri.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back chose the Tigers over offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina among others, announcing his decision on his Twitter account Thursday.

Harris earned all-state honors this past season after rushing for more than 1,500 yards — averaging nearly 140 per game — and 25 touchdowns to help the Blue Tornado win the TSSAA Division II-AAA state championship. He ran for 88 yards in the title game and also had 117 yards and three touchdowns in a win at rival Baylor.

"His best days are ahead of him," McCallie coach Ralph Potter said. "I'm really anxious to see what he can do this season, because if he improves as much from his junior season to this fall as he did between his sophomore and junior years, he's going to do some really special things.

"He has the ability to see the cut and is an all-purpose guy who is a great pass-catcher and blocker as well as runner. That's what Missouri and all the schools who were recruiting him liked so much. He rarely fumbles and is also a great leader. He took on the challenge to be a key player for us and worked extremely hard to put himself in that role last year, then exceeded a lot of expectations."

In another game against region foe Father Ryan, Harris accounted for 259 of his team's 371 rushing yards, breaking loose for scoring runs of 65, 90 and 62 yards. Harris is the top-ranked running back in Tennessee for the 2021 recruiting class, according to ESPN.

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

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