Tom VanHaaren, a recruiting reporter from ESPN, broke the news today that wide receiver Drake Harris has officially decommitted from Michigan State.
Harris, a four-star recruit from Grand Rapids, Mich., has been widely considered the top receiver in the country, and his commitment to the Spartans has been up in the air for months. He has been visiting in-state rival Michigan for the past three weekends, and even attended some home basketball games for them. This could have something to do with his retraction of word.
If he has decommitted from the Spartans, I could see Urban Meyer luring him to Columbus to play for Ohio State. It’s hard to see a player who has been a fan of Michigan State his whole life turn to Michigan— their biggest rival — that easily, so look for Ohio State-Harris talks in the upcoming weeks.
Although these are just reports as of right now, they could hold a lot of truth to them. Drake Harris’ father apparently shot down the rumors of decommitment, but VanHaaren claims he got the words straight from Drake himself.
However, just because Harris is one of the most coveted recruits in the 2014 class, doesn’t mean that this will hurt their recruiting class as a whole. In fact, it will barely faze the Spartans.
Mark Dantonio assembled one of the Big Ten‘s top five classes this year, and looks to have an even better 2014 class. One recruit will not make the difference between making the Rose Bowl and making the Pizza Pizza Bowl, so Michigan State shouldn’t be too worried.
Sure, Harris had over 2,000 yards receiving last season and could possibly be rated the No. 1 overall receiver in next year’s class, but it’s not often you hear someone say, ‘Oh, one of our top recruits decommitted, now we don’t have a chance to win’, and if that’s the case, then maybe you don’t deserve to win in the first place.
Dantonio has built this program enough to earn respect and recruit solid players. One player will not hurt an entire class — not to mention the fact that there is an abundance of young, talented receivers on the Spartans’ roster.
Don’t worry Michigan State fans, even if this report is true, it won’t be detrimental to the future of the program. Dantonio will just not allow it.