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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Big Watch List WR ready for OSU visit

By Brad Bournival

One of the biggest Ohio State targets is finally making his way to Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.

That he’s seeing Michigan’s spring game the next day is fitting in the 365-day battle with the Wolverines. It’s also of no concern to the Buckeyes.

Wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) will get his chance to see The Horseshoe and go behind the scenes tomorrow. To say the 6-foot-4, 185-pound ESPN Watch List Harris is eager to see Ohio State doesn’t do it justice.

Drake Harris, Khalid Hill
Drake Harris (helmeted) will make his long-awaited first visit to Ohio State this weekend.
“I’m real excited to get down there to check it out,” Harris said. “I just want to see the campus and the facilities they have -- maybe check out the academic facilities also.

“I also want to meet the whole coaching staff and see what they’re all about and spend time with the players to see how I interact with them.”

The Buckeyes know all about the former Michigan State commitment. Of course, it’s not hard to find film or printed material on the superstar wide receiver.

His high school statistics are almost unheard of. Harris led Grand Rapids Christian to a Division 4 state title this season in style, recording eight catches for a state championship record 243 yards and added a touchdown. He finished the season with 91 catches for 2,016 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

Harris’ resume of offers is a who’s who of college programs as Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have come forward for the standout.

As far as a commitment goes, that’s on the backburner.

“Right now, I don’t have a list,” Harris said. “But I do like Ohio State a lot.”

Adding someone like Harris would be a feather in the cap of Urban Meyer. Already known as one of the best recruiters in the nation, the two-time national champion nabbed four four-star receivers in the Class of 2013 in Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College).

A pickup such as Harris, who recorded 45 catches for 950 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, could further cement the Buckeyes in Michigan as well.

With Detroit Cass Tech superstar and cornerback Damon Webb already in the fold in 2014, further invading The Great Lakes State could help Ohio State in the years to come.

One thing is for certain, Harris’ visit is a very good prequel to what the Buckeyes hope is a very good spring game and strong recruiting weekend.