Grand Rapids Christian 2014 wide receiver Drake Harris announced on Twitter Monday that he had decommitted from Michigan State. He later discussed that decision with GoBlueWolverine after his team defeated Lansing Waverly, 64-61, in the Division 1 Regional semifinal.
“I just felt like Michigan State probably wasn’t the right place for me,” Harris said after his game-high 17 points. “If I was going to play basketball there… that was one of the big reasons why I committed there. I mean, if I was just playing basketball there—there would be no other place I would want to go ‘cause I love (MSU) Coach (Tom) Izzo. I love the way that they play. Like I said, if I was playing basketball I would be going there. Now that I am playing football, I’m just opening my recruiting back up and just de-committed. I feel like that there’s a different school out there that can fit my talents better.”
MSU’s in-state rival, Michigan, has been courting Harris extremely hard and he reciprocated that interest by visiting Ann Arbor the past three weekends. Along with his mother and grandfather, Harris made it to the Michigan basketball season finale Sunday against Indiana. While the Wolverines’ failed to get the win, falling 72-71 to the Hoosiers, Harris said his mother came away impressed with her visit.
“She liked it a lot,” Harris explained. “We went through basically everything. The coaches took her on a tour of the campus. She was really impressed with the academic part that they had to offer. Just all the coaches and I think one of the biggest parts is they’re a family down there. Just coach (Jeff) Hecklinski, coach (Dan) Ferrigno (and) coach (Chris) Singletary, they were all just great to us. They’re cool and easy to talk to and down to earth people, and that’s really attractive when you are looking at a school.”
Michigan quarterbacks, current at future, have been telling the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder that he could be the next primetime receiver that puts the Wolverine offense over the top. Their best recruiting efforts were again on display Sunday.
“I sat between Shane Morris and Devin Gardner at the game,” Harris said. “And I sat next to Devin Gardner the week before when I came. So I have been talking to them. Wilton Speight, the quarterback from Virginia, he’s really showing me a lot of interest. He’s the 2014 quarterback that committed. He’s been talking to me and we text a lot. So, I am doing all that. I actually got a chance to talk to Denard (Robinson) yesterday. So, that was kind of cool to meet probably the fastest player in college football and one of the best players ever to come out of Michigan. It was really great meeting all the players.”
Harris admits there is a new level of being “comfortable” while on Michigan’s campus over the past month.
“When I go down there, I just feel comfortable and just being around everyone—they just really show a lot of love and support,” Harris said. “It’s really not that hard to interact with all of them. A lot of the players are just like me and have the same personalities and stuff. It’s really east to talk to them. Like I said, just down to earth people.”
Harris said again reiterated that he doesn’t have a top list at the moment. However, he plans on taking visits to Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Oregon, and Alabama in the coming months. He noted that he will be back in Ann Arbor for a spring practice. He plans to make an October decision and enroll early.