With a defense that gave up an average of just 13 points during the regular season, the Dublin Coffman football team advanced to the Division I, Region 3 playoffs for the fourth consecutive season last fall.

One of the mainstays of that defense, lineman Miles McCollum, also happens to be smart -- smart enough that he'll play college ball in the Ivy League.

McCollum took an official visit to Harvard last November and since has verbally committed to play for the Crimson.

"Harvard has lots of tradition, and there were very high expectations among coaching staff and the team, which really reminded me of Coffman," McCollum said. "I love the business-like approach they have about getting work done on and off the field. On my official, I felt really comfortable with the guys I met. The campus and the Cambridge/Boston area was really vibrant and historical at the same time and (I) definitely could see myself living there. And the education I will get was a big part of it for me, because you can't get any better than Harvard."

Harvard will be getting a first-team all-district player who was the OCC-Central Division co-Player of the Year last season with Hilliard Davidson's E.J. Jennings. He had 34 tackles (16 for losses), seven sacks and one fumble recovery as the Shamrocks went 9-2.