Michigan Basketball Helping Wolverines Land Prized WR Recruit

By Chris Katje
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Despite a verbal commit to the Michigan State Spartans football team in 2012, wide receiver Drake Harris re-opened up his recruitment for the Class of 2014. The Michigan Wolverines recently took the lead in the recruitment for Harris thanks to their basketball team.

On Sunday March 3rd, the Wolverines basketball team defeated the Spartans 58-57 at Michigan’s home Crisler Center. Harris was in attendance and appears to have been part of the Wolverines’ student section cheering on the team to victory. Reports surfaced on Twitter after the game that Harris even joined in with students singing “Hail to the Victors”, Michigan’s fight song.

Harris returns to Michigan’s campus this Sunday for another unofficial visit. Among the things on Harris’s to do list includes attending the home basketball game against Indiana. This game has huge implications for the NCAA Basketball world. If Michigan can pull out a win, they will share the Big Ten title and also keep their home unbeaten streak alive. What better way for the school to land the prized recruit then by showing him how titles are won in Ann Arbor. Also seen on Twitter after the game, was this picture of Harris with Michigan’s quarterback Devin Gardner. Of particular note is the fact that Gardner was just granted an extra year of eligibility, meaning Harris would actually play his freshman season as a potential target for Gardner.


Michigan would have a great combination with Harris and Gardner. The Grand Rapids Christian standout has been nothing short of excellent in high school football games. In 2011, Harris caught 45 passes for 950 yards and 10 touchdowns. This past season, Harris caught 91 passes for 2015 yards with an astounding 25 touchdowns.

Michigan is one of several football teams trying to lure the prized recruit. Other schools interested in Harris include: Michigan State, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Purdue and Texas Tech. Harris is ranked as a top 100 recruit by ESPN, 247sports.com and other sports sites.

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