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Monday, July 29, 2013
Harris is huge for U-M's 2015 class

By Tom VanHaaren

Calling ESPN Junior 300 running back Damien Harris' (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern) commitment to Michigan huge would be an understatement. Harris gave the Wolverines their second top-20 commit in the 2015 class in as many days after adding wide receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) on Sunday.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound back gives Michigan another weapon at running back, which has been a main concern within the offense. The Wolverines struggled running the ball in 2012, so landing Harris will eventually help promote competition at the position.

Damien Harris
Michigan got its second top-20 commitment in the Class of 2015 on Monday in Berea, Ky., running back Damien Harris.
Michigan landed the No. 5 ranked running back in the 2013 class with Derrick Green and now Harris gives the coaching staff its second top-five back since they arrived at Michigan.

More importantly, Harris’ commitment to the Wolverines, along with Campbell, might help attract other top-ranked prospects to Michigan. Both Campbell and Harris have said they will recruit for their future team and are targeting plenty of other top prospects, including defensive end and No. 1-ranked target Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) and cornerback Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward), the No. 49-ranked prospect.

The two recent commitments will eventually be a big deal for Michigan’s on-field success, but it says a lot about where the program is heading under coach Brady Hoke.

The Wolverines had never landed two top-20 recruits in the same class since 2006, but the coaches already have two wrapped up in the 2015 class, with potential to add more. Michigan also has a commitment from the No. 2-ranked recruit from the 2014 class, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and could add No. 4-ranked defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) as well.

With the season coming up fast the Wolverines will need to be successful on the field to continue the success on the recruiting trail in the future. If Michigan can continue the momentum it has built with the 2015 class it could be the best class yet for Hoke.