Signing Day Capsule: Drake Harris
Drake Harris
Drake Harris

Posted Feb 5, 2014


Michigan's wide receiver corps gets a boost with four-star Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian's Drake Harris. Harris enrolled early after not playing most of his senior season, adding size and playmaking ability to the Wolverines' offense.

Drake Harris

Wide Receiver

Scout Rating:            ****

Scout Rank:               #8 WR

Vitals:                         6’3 / 175

Hometown:               Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian HS

 

His Recruiting Story:

Harris was a highly regarded basketball recruit early in his high school career, earning major offers and attention. That said, he scored 19 touchdowns on the J.V. his freshman year, prompting many at Christian High to theorize that he might be a better prospect in football. Scout went to see him his sophomore year and he turned in a three touchdown performance. After that season football offers came from Michigan and Michigan State. That summer, Harris camped with the Wolverines but citing a desire to play both sports, he committed to Michigan State. Things would turn his junior year, when Harris had a prolific season with over 2,000 receiving yards, culminating with a 243-yard performance in a state title game victory. Realizing his future was on the gridiron, Harris reopened his recruitment and drew offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and others. In April, he committed to the Wolverines. After injuring his hamstring in a preseason scrimmage, Harris missed all of his senior season before enrolling early at Michigan.
 
SCOUTING REPORT
As far as leaping ability, ball skills and ability to go high and grab passes, Harris has elite ability in that department. He has exceptional ability to high point the football and his 39-inch vertical leap allows him to go up high above defenders. In his high school offense, he's used quite a bit as a deep threat and also on short drags, which have shown some of his run after the catch ability. For a long striding kid, he has good elusiveness. The best word to describe his game is smooth. He's effortless in his change of direction and really everything he does on the field. – Scout.com national analyst Allen Trieu

WHY MICHIGAN?
“It just felt right. I was up here like four times this past spring. They’re just real people (at Michigan).  Coach Hoke, Coach Heck, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Singletary… the whole coaching staff here, they’re all great people.  They talked about the #1 jersey (and) they said I would have to earn it.  They said that I’m the only recruit that they’ve talked about the #1 with.  I was happy when I heard about that.  But they said I would have to work to get it.”

BOTTOM LINE
Harris missed the year, but being at Michigan early should help him make up for lost time. As a junior, he was spectacular and has huge upside. Provided he adds the necessary weight and learns the offense, he could play very early for Michigan.



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