Looking to build off the momentum of signing the nation's No. 2 recruiting class following a perfect 12-0 season in 2012, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are pursuing some of the most talented 2014 prospects in the country.
One of those targets—Drake Harris, the 4-star wide receiver from Grand Rapids, Michigan—decommited from the Michigan State Spartans on Monday, according to Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com.
WR Drake Harris has officially decommitted from MSU: insider.espn.go.com/insider/michig…— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) March 11, 2013
Harris had been committed to the Spartans since June of 2012 with the plan to play both football and basketball at Michigan State. After making the decision in January to play just football at the collegiate level, Harris reopened his recruitment and began looking at other schools.
The Buckeyes appear to have an uphill battle, though, against the home-state Michigan Wolverines. Harris has visited Michigan's campus three times in the last three weeks and is growing more and more comfortable with the staff and players there. Harris was in Ann Arbor this past weekend with former Ohio state commit and 4-star defensive end Lawrence Marshall.
The tall, rangy wideout would be a huge addition to any team, and Allen Trieu's evaluation of Harris on Scout.com backs that up.
Has truly elite ball skills. Height, leaping ability and body control allow him to go up and adjust to passes most would not come down with. Is a glider on the field, and as a result, is faster than most will give him credit for. Can get deep, and is also good after the catch. Smooth, polished route runner who understands how to set up defenders and create separation. Willing and effective blocker, but must add weight and strength.
Watch highlights from Harris' junior season below.
All recruit rankings per 247sports.com
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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