Putnam's Harris commits to New Haven

Springfield Putnam wide receiver Rishawn Harris has verbally committed to the University of New Haven, his head coach William Watson told ESPNBoston.com this morning.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Harris was also considering several other Northeast-10 schools, namely American International College (AIC), Assumption and Southern Connecticut State. New Hampshire had also shown some interest, but no offer was made.

Harris caught 43 passes for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns this past fall for the Beavers, along with three punt returns for TDs and four interceptions. Those totals were in nine games, as he missed two with an ankle injury. The Beavers were a preseason Top 25 selection in ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll, but were unable to reach to the MIAA Division 2 West playoffs after winning it all in 2011.

"New Haven coaches have had the longest relationship with him," Watson said. "They started recruiting him in the summer after he performed well at their camp and stayed in touch. He is very comfortable with that staff. AIC made it hard for him, because they were the local team and he had a great visit there, but at the end of the day New Haven's success with football and its strong business program is what made him choose New Haven."