Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2014 WR Harris picks up major SEC offer
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When 2014 wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) chose football over basketball and opened up his recruitment, it didn’t take long for the University of Alabama to fly up and offer him a scholarship. That’s how highly they think of him.
Drake Harris committed to Michigan State with plans to play both football and basketball but recently opted to stick to football.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Harris said. “Alabama is one of the premier programs in the country. They’ve been to the national championship three out of the last four years and won it. They’re just a great program, so I was happy about the whole thing.”
It was UA assistant coach Bobby Williams who flew up to see Harris on Tuesday, but the ESPN Watch List star is more enamored with head coach Nick Saban, who coached previously at Michigan State.
“Nick Saban leading the program -- he’s always been there, and he’s just a great guy, a great coach, one of the best coaches to ever coach in college football,” Harris said. “It’s a football environment down there, and I can’t wait to go down there and see a game this fall.”
Harris plans to make a trip to Tuscaloosa this spring to watch the Crimson Tide practice.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound prospect committed to Michigan State in June with plans to play both football and basketball. He recently opted to stick to football, and although he’s still committed to the Spartans, he’s going to look other football schools.
Harris has additional offers from Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, and he’s hoping to hear from Florida State and Georgia as well.
The Michigan native says distance will not be a factor in his recruitment.
“If you’re a football player, every football player wants to play in the SEC,” Harris said. “Playing down there would be great, but I’m still looking at schools up here and down there. Right now I’m just looking and seeing what schools fit me best.”
Harris plans to narrow it down to four or five schools by the time his senior season starts.