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May 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile Drake Harris Commits To Michigan, Completing The Switch By Tim Sullivan When he softened his commitment to Michigan State in January, it was clear that Michigan had a foot in the door for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris. His full decommitment from the Spartans came on March 11 — on the heels of three straight weekends spent in Ann Arbor — flung that door wide open. Harris completed the in-state switch April 14, a day after attending the Wolverines' annual spring game. "I never really narrowed it to a top five or anything," Harris said of his rerecruitment. "At the end, I knew it was pretty much down to Ohio State and Michigan, and after I got the chance to see Ohio, I was pretty much ready. I'm just in love with Michigan and everything that they have to offer." Harris' mid-sentence switch — dropping "State" from the name of the Wolverines' biggest rival, in the style of head coach Brady Hoke — displays his quick assimilation into the U-M program. He was swayed not only by the personality of Hoke and the assistant coaches, but also by some of the talented players he'll be lining up with. The presence of top- digital bonus: Wide receiver commitment Drake Harris discusses the experience of U-M's 2013 spring game. Harris, the nation's No. 4 wide receiver according to, hauled in 91 catches for a state-record 2,016 receiving yards (22.2 yards per reception) and 23 touchdowns during his junior campaign. photo courtesy notch signal-callers, in particular, was a huge selling point for Harris. "It felt like the right place, I just felt comfortable with the guys," he said. "They're all cool, and I can't wait for them to be my teammates. Devin looked good — he's a great player — and the backups looked pretty good. I know that Shane [Morris] and Wilton {Speight] are coming in, and I know that they're great quarterbacks." The 6-4, 180-pounder has been unofficially timed at less than 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and served as a deep threat all throughout his junior season for Grand Rapids Christian. His combination of size and speed allowed him to rack up a state-record 2,016 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on 91 receptions (22.2 yards per catch) as a junior. In the Division 3 state championship game, he shattered another mark with 243 receiv-

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