Drake Harris Commits to Michigan: What Ex-Michigan State Commit Brings to UM

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 15, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have landed the commitment of an elite wide receiver, which is news made better considering the fact that he's a former MSU recruit.

Drake Harris, a 4-star wide receiver and former Spartan pledge, has committed to Michigan per Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com:

Wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) made his commitment to Michigan today while visiting Ann Arbor. The ESPN Watch List receiver's decision came only a month after he decommitted from rival Michigan State. 

The only knock on Michigan coach Brady Hoke with regard to his recruiting efforts has been the lack of a top-flight receiver. That was to put to rest with the commitment of Harris, as he will likely be one of the top receivers in the country. 

VanHaaren nailed it in regards to Harris being one of the top receivers in the country.

Without a doubt, Harris is a recruit with superstar potential, and he's exactly the kind of player that Michigan has needed for a while now.

Harris has elite size for a wideout at 6'4'', 180 pounds. He's ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he's also ranked as the No. 2 player from the state of Michigan (247Sports Composite). 

In-state recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, so landing such a highly ranked recruit from Michigan is huge for the Wolverines, and that's not even counting the fact that head coach Brady Hoke and staff are picking up a former recruit of their second biggest rival. 

The impact Harris projects to have for Michigan is immense.

He obviously has great height, but he combines that with very good speed.

Harris also has long strides as a runner, which allow him to cover a ton of space quickly and get good separation as a receiver.

He has soft hands, displays good concentration and his length and athleticism help him go up and make a play on the ball in the air. He has great extension and can grab the ball at it's highest point.

Harris is going to be a pure deep threat at the college level, but he's also very elusive and has good, quick feet. While he's certainly going to be a vertical threat, don't count Harris out on intermediate to short routes, as he has the ability to make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch.

For Michigan, his presence on the Wolverines offense will be vital—especially in the future with Shane Morris at quarterback. Michigan is in the process of completing a transition to the pro-style offense, and that process should be complete once Morris takes over at the quarterback position.

In order for the pro-set to be truly effective, the offense needs to boast a legitimate receiver that can stretch the field on the edges and more importantly force the defense to honor the pass. Having a receiver like Harris will help jump start Derrick Green and the run game, and it will also make the play-action pass extremely effective.

Harris represents one of the marquee commitments of the Hoke era, and he'll be a game-changer for the Wolverines.

The next step for Michigan will be keeping him committed, and if the Wolverines can do that, they have a potential star on their hands. 

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