Former South Lake High School defensive back Marcell Harris has announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the University of Florida and make himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Harris, expected to be a key figure in Florida’s defensive secondary last season, sat out the year when he suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on July 19 while taking part in team run activities.

Because he missed the entire 2017 season with an injury, Harris could have petitioned the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility — he was redshirted as a freshman.

Harris made his intentions known in a post on Instagram.

“I am thankful for these last four years and everything we’ve been through,” he wrote. “They’ve turned me into the player and person I am today. Being a Gator was just one stop on fulfilling a little kid’s dream. You’ve watched me turn from a kid into a man and it’s now time for me to turn the page.

“So now, as bittersweet as it is, I say ‘Goodbye.”

Harris played in 37 games for the Gators during his career in Gainesville. He recorded 102 total tackles — 58 solo — and two interceptions.

As a redshirt junior in 2016, Harris played in 13 games and started eight at safety. He totaled 73 tackles, including a career-best 11 stops against Florida State.

The NFL draft will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

BOYS BASKETBALL

MDCA 77, Real Life 32

Taylor Trudeau scored a team-high 18 points Thursday to lead the Bulldogs to their 11th-straight win, 77-32 over Clermont Real Life Christian Academy.

Joseph Martz poured in 17 points and Jack Webster added 10 for the Bulldogs.

Real Life, which fell to 2-8 on the season, was led by Steve Tessier with 18 points.

MDCA improved to 13-2.

Next up for MDCA will be Daytona Beach Father Lopez at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Nathan Hayes Shootout at MDCA.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tavares 47, Leesburg 29

Malia Nix scored 12 points Thursday to lead Tavares to a 47-29 win over Leesburg.

Daveisha Barnes, Destiny Bostic and Tiffany Saez added seven points apiece for Tavares. Barnes also had seven assists and five steals.

Ahmya Taylor paced the Bulldogs with six rebounds.

Tavares improved to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in Class 6A-District 13. Leesburg fell to 0-14 overall and 0-6 in Class 6A-13.