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Lakeland receiver put family first in college choice

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Harrison signing with Florida State University Harrison signing with Florida State University
Harrison with his daughter (center) Harrison with his daughter (center)
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Javon Harrison had to put family first when choosing his college.

After publicly committing to play football for Virginia Tech back in July 2012, the four-star wide receiver from Kathleen High in Lakeland signed to play football for Florida State on Wednesday.

"I decided I had to stay close to my daughter," Harrison said. "No hard feelings [toward Virginia Tech], but it's what I had to do."

Harrison was holding his three-year old daughter Zy'keirra while signing his national letter of intent in front of hundreds of students in the school library. "I about cried up there," he said. "I wasn't expecting that many people to come."

While his signing Wednesday was highly anticipated by both Florida State and Virginia Tech fan bases, Harrison left little doubt what school he would be attending when he walked into the library wearing garnet and gold clothes and a Florida State hat.

Harrison said he made the decision to play for Florida State last Friday, but it was difficult to inform the Virginia Tech coaches of his decision. "But that's a part of becoming a man," he said. "You have to own up to stuff you're going to do."

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