- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
In two trips to Michigan State, Jay Harris (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) saw both the sides of the Spartans program he needed to see. During a junior day in the winter, he saw the academics. At a camp Thursday, he saw the athletics.
On Monday, he committed.
“From the first time I went up there I had a great feel for it,” the 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver and return specialist said. “I built a great relationship with the coaching staff and went up for a one-day camp and got to see how the coaches are in a coaching atmosphere.
"From the junior day what stood out to me the most is I got to find out about the education as well as the school itself. … They really care about you as a person and a football player. It was the right thing for me.”
Harris is the third commitment the Spartans picked up Monday and the 10th in Michigan State’s 2013 class.
Coach Mark Dantonio got a call from Harris Monday evening, giving him a nice night cap to an already eventful day.
“I just got off the phone with Coach D today and made it official,” Harris said. “He feels like I made the right decision, and he has big expectations for me.”
Old Dominion and Temple also offered Harris, who said Penn State was showing interest. He was not going to play the waiting game with the biggest in-state school, though.
“I really don’t feel as though I need anything to wait around for,” Harris said. “This is the school no matter what other school comes to me. It’s the right decision for me.”
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