Harris Has Been Watching The Spartans

While Darien Harris may be in Maryland, he's had good reason to follow the Michigan State Spartans the past several seasons. SpartanDigest.com spoke with the Dematha High School product to learn about his interest in Michigan State.

As many Spartan fans can attest, watching former Michigan State running back Javon Ringer was a treat. But for Darien Harris it might have opened his eyes to a program many would think he'd have little interest in or knowledge of. That would be so off based.

"Javon Ringer is one of my favorite players. So when Michigan State was on television I'd watch them just to see him play."

While Ringer is gone, Harris still has a good feeling about the Spartans and his contact with the coaching staff is not changing those feelings.

"I've not had a chance to visit Michigan State yet, but they are right up there at number one and I plan on visiting them with Darian Cooper and Kendall Patterson when all three of us can get up there."

Harris is clear in what he's looking for in a college program.

"I'm looking for an energetic coaching staff committed to winning because I hate losing. I'm also looking for a great balance of academics and athletics. Education is number one and is very important."

While he'll be playing safety this fall, Harris has been told by most every college recruiting him he'll be an outside linebacker in college. What does the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Harris feel are his strengths and weakness on the field?

"I feel my strength is that I play fast and I'm able to use my speed to make plays. But I also play smart. But I do know that I take too many false steps and play high at times."

One Spartan coach that seems to like what he's seen out of Harris is defensive line coach Ted Gill.

"Coach Gill said they watched my film, but they didn't know how big I was as I looked smaller on film. They were surprised when they saw me."

While Harris still has a way to go before making his college decision known, it looks like the Spartans are in the hunt. Spartan Digest will continue to follow Darien as the process continues.

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