Jalen Harrison Switches from Baseball to Football at UVA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Jalen Harrison is switching sports.
The former St. Anne's Belfield standout left the UVa baseball team in March and joined the UVa football team for spring practice.
Harrison didn't play in any games this season for the UVA baseball team. He played in 25 games for Brian O'Connor's team over the past two seasons.
At the conclusion of the UVa football spring game Saturday, Harrison said he feels he has a chance to contribute more with the football team.
"Just wanted to help," says Harrison. "Felt like I could help more here with the football team and create more opportunities for myself and I think I made the right decision. Basically just getting my feet back. Baseball can slow you down, playing in the outfield you don't get to move around all game. Football your always moving, so I think over the summer I'm going to work really hard to get my feet back and catch a lot of passes and come back ready."
Harrison's former teammate on the UVA baseball team and at St. Anne's Belfield, Nic Kent says he supports his friend.
"I think it's a great opportunity for him," says Kent. "He worked really hard here every day and he just wanted something else. We're all rooting for him in football. We want to see him out there on Saturdays catching a touchdown, definitely go to the games and support him."
In high school, Harrison played on both sides of the ball, and played both quarterback and wide receiver on offense. He was voted all-state three times.
Harrison also was a standout in baseball and basketball.