Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Michigan's Drake Harris

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 2, 2013

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Michigan's Drake Harris

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    Brady Hoke has not taken much criticism for his recruiting efforts at Michigan. However, the one critique on him as a recruiter was that he had failed to bring in a dynamic receiver prospect.

    On April 14th, that criticism was put to bed as Hoke received a commitment from Drake Harris, one of the top offensive players in the country. Harris is one of the headliners for Michigan's class, and the Wolverines are delighted to have him on board.

    However, more is to be learned about Harris' talents. An in-depth look at who he is as a player, and a full scouting report on his strengths and weaknesses will be given. Also, not everyone can see Harris play in person, so highlights will be included.

    Finally, an interesting prediction will be made.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tapes at Scout.comRivals247Sports ESPNU.

Who Is Drake Harris?

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    Harris, an accomplished basketball player, is a receiver who plays for Grand Rapids Christian in Michigan. He is one of the top players in the country and is coming off a junior season where he totaled 91 receptions for 2,015 yards and 25 touchdowns.

    As a sophomore, Harris caught 45 balls for 950 yards and 10 TDs. He is a dual-sport star who has earned All-State honors as a guard on the basketball court. Harris committed to Michigan State in June of 2012, only to flip to Michigan in April.

    He is ranked No. 28 by, No. 39 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 57 by Rivals and No. 71 by ESPNU

Drake Harris' Scouting Report: Strengths

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    Harris, who is 6'4" and 180 pounds, is a good athlete with outstanding length. He is a long-strider who has solid release quickness off the line, can elude press coverage and eats up cushion when cornerbacks play off of him.

    Harris has adequate speed to quickly arrive at junction points and has solid ability to separate from defenders. He exhibits terrific body control and has fantastic movement skills to adjust to the ball while in flight. He tracks throws with his eyes and has a large strike zone to snatch balls in the air with his mitts.

    Harris also displays good on-field awareness, as he keeps mental tabs on where the sideline is and works to get his feet inbounds when he is attacking balls near the boundary.

    Harris has great ball skills and can leap over defenders to catch in crowds. He has some run-after-catch skills and can gallop to eat up chunks of yardage in the open field.

Drake Harris' Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Harris is a tall and lean athlete who does not possess elite strength. Press cornerbacks with matching athleticism and quickness can mirror him after delivering an explosive punch on the line of scrimmage.

    Due to his lack of strength and thin frame, he may be forced to be in motion to get consistently clean releases in college. Harris also does not sink his hips when getting in and out of his cuts, which limits his ability to detach from coverage.

    His speed is adequate and deceptive at times, as Harris is not consistently explosive. He needs to build into routes and from his catch-points instead of explosively launching upfield. 

    If Harris commits himself to the Wolverines' strength and conditioning program, he will add the necessary bulk and strength.

Drake Harris' Full Ride Highlights

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    The following highlight is Harris' episode on Full Ride, thanks to the Bleacher Report video team. His ball skills, deceptive speed and excellent concentration are on full display in this clip. With added strength and bulk, Morris could become Michigan's No. 1 receiver early in his career.

Drake Harris' Highlights

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    The following highlight reel is a series of plays that further show why Harris was a coveted recruit for Brady Hoke. He towers over his competition due to his 6'4" frame, and his long stride can be seen when running with the football.

Drake Harris NIKE Football Training Camp Highlights

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    Harris participated in the Chicago NIKE Football Training Camp in May. The following is a clip of how he performed at the event and vividly shows his smooth and fluid athleticism. Look close, as Harris appears quick when cutting, but if he lowers his pad level he will be even better at separating from coverage for a tall receiver.

    Harris, if he responds well to college coaching, has a chance to be a star for Michigan in a few seasons. 


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    Harris' career could be terrific if he willingly gives himself to the Michigan strength and conditioning staff. He will have to trust them and know that they are trying to add strength and bulk to his thin frame, which will make him a better player.

    If he works hard in the weight room, he could get to the 215-220-pound mark by the end of his senior season. If he does not trust the strength coaches and fails to work hard, he will still weigh around 200 pounds, but his strength still will be lacking and he will not reach his full potential.

    Harris is predicted to follow the former scenario's path and become Shane Morris' favorite target. He will be an All-Big Ten selection.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.