Last night the state's top junior in high school football AND basketball, Drake Harris, committed to Michigan State for both sports. The Grand Rapids Christian junior had planned on waiting until the end of his junior year to make a final choice, but he decided to go with his gut instead. “I planned on taking my official visits around the country, but over the past couple of months I’ve thought about it, and this past weekend when I went down to State I was 100% sure I wanted to go to Michigan State," he told the Detroit Free Press.
MSU rivals since day one, University of Michigan was also recruiting the young star. While he attended U of M's camp wearing the maize and blue helmet, in the end he decided that he was meant to wear green and white. “Michigan was about to offer me in basketball, too,” Harris said. “I just had to go down and talk to Coach Beilein, but I went to the Spartan Showcase and talked to Coach Izzo for a little bit and I just made up my mind from there and felt like Michigan State was the right place for me.”
While the Spartans will have to wait until the 2013-2014 to catch Harris in action, but if his past seasons are anything to judge from, it will be worth it. Last fall, he caught 57 passes for 1,118 yards and 16 TDs and was a Division 3 all-state player. In basketball, he earned second-team all-state honors by averaging 19 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
A great victory for two of MSU's most-watched sports, recruiting Drake Harris was well earned by basketball coach, Tom Izzo. Harris had been on Izzo's radar since his 8th grade year. And after such a great season last fall in football, how could coach Mark Dantonio refuse?
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