Firestone seniors-to-be Bryce Harris and Jovahn Fair will be playing college football on scholarship in the Mid-American Conference following their high school graduation ceremony in 2015.
Harris has committed to the University of Toledo and Fair has pledged to Ohio University. Both players are linemen on the Falcons offense and defense.
“The kids earned this and I am happy for them,” Firestone football coach Tim Flossie said. “They did everything we asked them to do. They get good grades and they have the size in football that colleges like.
“We will probably play them on the same side with one playing guard and one playing tackle. They are interchangeable and capable of playing both positions. We will have good size on the line.”
Harris, 16, is 6-foot-3½ and 275 pounds and a two-sport athlete. He has a 3.5 grade-point average and has played tackle and end on defense, and guard and tackle on offense. He also held scholarship offers from Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Texas at El Paso and Notre Dame College.
“I like Toledo because of their coaches,” Harris said. “I really feel like I can build good relationships there and win championships. I went on a lot of visits and most of them just felt like visits. Toledo felt like home. I’m happy with the decision I made and I can’t wait to start working towards my degree.”
Fair, 16, is 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds and a three-sport athlete. He has a 2.9 grade-point average and has played tackle and guard on offense and defense. He also held scholarship offers from Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Tennessee State, Notre Dame College, West Virginia Wesleyan, Tiffin, Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie College.
“I recently took a visit and my cousin [2014 Rootstown graduate Jazzmine Garner] is going there,” Fair said. “It felt like home for me. I like the campus and the academics at Ohio. I feel like I can develop as a person and as a player with their coaches.”
Harris contributed to the Firestone varsity football team in each of the past three seasons.
Fair contributed as a freshman and junior, but missed his sophomore season due to a knee injury. He was a Division I district qualifier in wrestling as a junior at 285 following first places in the City Series and sectional tournaments under coach Mark Avcollie.
Fair and Harris lettered as sophomores and juniors on Firestone’s track and field team.
“Both Jovahn and Bryce are great kids, and you don’t always see Division I talent working hard in school so they can have the scholarship opportunities they deserve,” Firestone track and field coach Tim Carroll said. “They both have worked hard in the classroom to give themselves these opportunities and they earned them.”
“Bryce was academic All-City this year, which is always nice when some of your better athletes are your better students. He has worked hard for us at throwing, helping to score points at invitationals and in the City Series meet. He also encourages a lot of kids to join the track team and that is a big boost for the program when you have Division I caliber athletes joining the team and encouraging everyone they know to join as well.
“Jovahn does well in his academics, and he and Bryce are both good friends that work hard together on what we call team throws. Jovahn won the discus or placed high in the discus at most invitationals this year and was able to put up points in the shot put as well.”
Fair will turn 17 on Wednesday (June 25). Harris’ 17th birthday is on Aug. 28, the day Firestone opens its 2014 football season on a Thursday night at Archbishop Hoban.