Michigan Football: Hoke, Wolverines Should Battle Meyer for Drake Harris
Drake Harris is one of the elite high school athletes in the state of Michigan, so elite that he committed to Michigan State University in June to play both basketball and football.
Well, just about a week ago, Harris, a class of 2014 star from Grand Rapids Christian High, expressed his desire to solely focus on football, casting serious doubt on the possibility that he'll ever suit up for Tom Izzo on the hardwood.
Compounding the conundrum is this: Harris has since reopened his recruitment, inviting other schools to make offers and pitch their cases in an attempt to lure him away from the Spartans.
Michigan is one of those schools that could (and should) get involved. Harris was offered by the Wolverines prior to pledging to the Spartans.
But enough about the Spartans.
This is about the Wolverines and how they would benefit by swooping in on the west side of the state's lauded 6'3", 180-pound junior wideout who is seemingly at a crossroads in regards to his college plans.
Winning that battle won't be easy, should Wolverines coach Brady Hoke and his staff choose to undertake that particular task.
Why? It shouldn't be all that difficult to add to Michigan by subtracting from Michigan State.
There's another guy involved.
Should Michigan pursue Drake Harris?
Meyer coached the Ohio State Buckeyes—Michigan's arch-nemesis—to a 12-0 season in 2012. He's already snatched Sa'Von Pittman from Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. And with an available whale in a pool full of guppies, it's only natural for Meyer to make his way up north and test the waters with Harris.
Stealing away Harris from his home state would be the ultimate insult in the eyes of Michiganders, who, since Meyer's arrival to the Big Ten, have joined the rest of the country by subscribing to the belief that he is some type of evil presence, a villain that could care less about the unwritten rules of recruiting.
Harris insists that he's still interested in playing for Dantonio, though. The junior's indecisive nature is perfect for Meyer, who could sell sand to a desert.
I'm committed (to MSU). When I committed to Michigan State it was initially to play both football and basketball. But I've decided to just play football. I talked to my parents about it. They said it was my choice. Before the state playoffs, I thought football would be the sport for me, but I wanted to wait and see what happens. I like basketball a lot. I've been playing AAU since the third grade (but) it's getting old. I feel football is best for me.
It would be difficult for Harris to not at least consider the Buckeyes. Harris plans to visit Columbus, but Hoke may want to schedule a meeting soon—before it's too late.
Harris recently told 24/7 Sports about his plans (via MLive.com):
Yes, I am soon [going to visit OSU]. I’m going to set up something with coach Meyer and go from there. They are one of the best football programs in the country. You have arguably the best coach in the country. The campus is great, and the fan support is crazy.
Harris is too big of a catch to escape the Great Lakes State. Whether or not he goes to Michigan State or Michigan is irrelevant for the territorial types. As long as Harris stays put in The Mitten, they'll be happy.
He's already made a name for himself on the court, but Harris really shined during the MHSAA playoffs, compiling a state-record 243 yards in Grand Rapids Christian's 40-37 Division 3 title game overtime triumph against Orchard Lake St. Mary's.
The junior is considered the top wide receiver of the 2014 class, regardless of location. He's that good.
Meyer is invading Hoke's territory. If Michigan is to return to true form, Hoke must quickly run Ohio State's coach out of the state and lay claim to Harris.
(Click here to see Michigan's list of 2014 commitments)
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