Ex-MLB OF Monte Harrison to Play College Football With Arkansas

Monte Harrison at Shaq's Fun House in January 2020
Monte Harrison at Shaq's Fun House in January 2020. Photo by Jason Merritt/Radarpics/Shutterstock (10545176s)

Veteran outfielder Monte Harrison is making a surprising late-career switch. Harrison, who turns 29 in August, will enroll at Arkansas University to play college football with the Razorbacks.

Razorbacks’ spokesperson confirmed the news to Rivals, revealing that Harrison will join the team as a walk-on for the 2024 season, although the official announcement is yet to come.

While in high school, Harrison was a talented all-around athlete who played football, baseball, and basketball. Entering college, he committed to the University of Nebraska to play football at the wide receiver position.

However, before he started his college football career, Harrison was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He decided to sign with the Brewers and ended up starting his pro baseball career with the Brewers’ minor league affiliate, Arizona League Brewers.

Harrison was traded to the Miami Marlins in 2018 and made his MLB debut during the 2020 campaign. He played two years with the Marlins and then spent the 2022 season with the Los Angeles Angels. Harrison returned to the Brewers on a minor league contract last season, spending 2023 with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds before being released in September.

Over the course of his MLB career, Harrison played in 50 games. He has a batting average of .176 with two home runs, six RBIs, and seven stolen bases.

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