Drake Harris to play football and basketball at MSU | News
GRAND RAPIDS (DETROIT FREE PRESS) Now that is a two-for-the-price-of-one deal no college coach could refuse.
Michigan State landed the state's top junior in football and basketball Wednesday and it will only cost the Spartans one scholarship.
Drake Harris, Grand Rapids Christian's 6-foot-4, 180-pound two-sport star, committed to MSU and said he will continue to play both sports.
He chose MSU over Michigan and Notre Dame, and this was another instance where MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo's relentless recruiting style paid off.
"Coach Izzo's been there since Day 1," Harris said. "He's recruited me since I was in the eighth grade. He's been to more football games than any of the other coaches. He's always been right there by my side, so it's kind of hard to turn him down."
Harris, who will sign a football letter of intent, became a national recruit in football after last season, and over the year he developed a solid relationship with football coach Mark Dantonio.
"Coach Dantonio is also a great coach,'' he said. "He's stressed great things to me ... there's just a great family down there, and I believe Coach Izzo and Coach Dantonio are both going to be there for a while."
Harris wasn't the only one making news Wednesday. Point guard Mote Morris, who led Flint Beecher to the Class C state championship and is among the state's top-five seniors, chose his 18th birthday to commit to Iowa State.
Harris has been a prime basketball recruit since he entered high school and is coming off a sensational year.
Last fall, he caught 57 passes for 1,118 yards and 16 TDs and was a Division 3 all-stater. In basketball, he earned second-team all-state honors by averaging 19 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists.
He is ranked among the top-50 players in the country in basketball as a combo guard.
Ironically, Harris attended U-M's football camp last week and forgot his helmet. So he wore a U-M helmet, which raised eyebrows at camp, not to mention the blood pressure of Dantonio and Izzo.
But Harris followed that visit with a trip to MSU, which proved to be the clincher.
"Michigan was about to offer me in basketball, too," Harris said. "I just had to go down and talk to Coach (John) Beilein, but I went to the Spartan Showcase and talked to Coach Izzo for a little bit and I just made up my mind from there and felt like Michigan State was the right place for me."
Harris' decision to commit was a bit of a surprise. He had planned to wait until the end of his junior year.
"I didn't plan on doing it," he said. "I planned on taking my official visits around the country, but over the past couple of months I've thought about it, and this past weekend when I went down to State I was 100% sure I wanted to go to Michigan State."