Standout 5-star wide receiver Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian High School (Mich.) has committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines in 2014.
Harris posted the news to his personal Twitter account:
Drake Harris @drakeharris14
Just officially committed to The University Of Michigan!2013-4-14 16:58:51
Harris was a two-sport standout for the Eagles, having also excelled on the basketball court. He was slated to play both basketball and football at Michigan State before informing Tom Izzo he was no longer interested and wanted to focus solely on football (h/t FOX 17). That led to other schools entering the recruiting picture.
According to 247Sports.com's composite rankings, Harris is ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the nation and the 32nd-best prospect overall coming out of high school.
Judging from his past season on the gridiron, it's pretty easy to see why Harris chose to stick to football exclusively. He caught 91 passes for a state-record 2,016 yards and 23 touchdowns. That included eight catches for 243 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 40-37 Division 3 state championship victory.
Sam Webb of The Detroit News documented Harris' thoughts and the rationale that shifted his attention most prominently to football:
"A little bit after my sophomore season I was thinking football might be my sport," Harris recalled. "Then I wanted to try out basketball. After this season, I was like, 'I'm a football player. I'll have a lot more success playing football in college.'"
247Sports.com lists Harris at 6'4" and 180 pounds, which gives him plenty of room to fill out in college. That's a scary thought for opposing defensive backs, as Harris has already shown the ability to manhandle his competition.
With a very long stride and fluid agility, Harris gets to top speed very quickly and is extremely dangerous after the catch. He shows great vision and anticipation in the open field.
Thanks to Harris' size, of course, he is also an outstanding deep threat. His ball skills are fantastic, as he can go up between multiple defenders and come down with the ball seemingly without much effort.
Whether it's a deep ball, a bubble screen, an intermediate route or a crossing pattern, it is already apparent that Harris has developed quite a route tree. Of course, he still has nuances to improve on, but there is so much upside for him at the next level.
With just a little bit more added strength and some good coaching, Harris has the chance to become a star at Michigan.