Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two Sport Athlete Drake Harris Set To Decide Wednesday

Drake Harris
Tomorrow is a big day for both Michigan football and basketball as Drake Harris will announce his decision between Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. Harris also announced today that he will try to play both football and basketball at the college level.

Harris, a junior at Grand Rapids Christian High, is being recruited at the wide reciever position in football and as a guard in basketball. Harris stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs in at 180lbs. He is ranked 11th at the wide reciever position on 247sports.com and 46th nationally for junior basketball players on rivals.com.

On the football field as a sophomore Harris had 45 receptions for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns, including one game with 9 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns. While on the court he averaged 19 point , 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Tomorrow has the possibility of being a huge day for U of M, especially after Harris visited last week with coach Hoke. Being that he moved up his timeline shortly after that visit lets hope things swing Michigan's way and as far away from sparty as possible.

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  1. If MSU has him on a BB scholarship I don't see Tom Izzo letting him miss BB practice or games to play football. I know the two season's overlap a little but if they make the B1G championship game or a bowl game your going to miss some games sometime. Am I wrong on this?

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  2. Sparty lock imo. Helmholdt says he talked to his dad, who said that Drake is committing in two sports tomorrow, and UM hasn't offered in bb. Not sure he would even fit in our bb class.

    There must have been some communication between Izzo and Dantonio about potential conflicts, since he has offers from both of them, but I guess they're willing to take that chance.

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    1. Tee,
      I agree with you but I would like him to be apart of UM next class. I maybe wrong on this but you can't be on scholarship in two different sports. Please correct me on this if anybody knows. So he would have to pick what sport he wants to commit too. A BB or FB scholarship. I know basketball has a small limit on scholarships so if I give a kid a BB sch. he WILL be playing BB. JMO

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    2. You only need one scholarship because he is only getting one education. It is the first ever(and possibly last) Hoke vs. Izzo recruiting battle. IMO he will accept a football scholarship then walk on the basketball team or vice versa. I also believe he will end only playing one sport

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    3. Agree, but he has been offered separately by both Izzo and Dantonio. Apparently he likes bball better, but either way he has to choose which scholarship to take. The fact that JB hasn't offered him in bball might indicate that JB is looking for different kinds of players, and therefore, he isn't guaranteed to play hoops at UM like he will be with Sparty.

      I would like to have him part of the 2014 class too. He could still walk on for UM bb, although football would get first dibs on him in the event of a conflict.

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    4. Thanks AC.

      I read somewhere he wants to play BB first then FB. I think football is a better fit for him. Specially after he adds some weight. (Twitter) Drake Harris will announce at his stadium at 6:45pm (EST) tomorrow per his coach.

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  3. It sounds like he has been told by several people his chances are better in football than they are in BB. Jer, you are right in that he can only accept one scholarship. I would guess it will be in football and that basketball will be second choice given what I have seen.

    Since he was at both Michigan and State this week I would assume that Notre Dame is already out of the picture.

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    1. ZJD, It's good to have another Flintstone here. LOL

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    2. Hey now, let's not get too carried away with the flintstone thing. That's a term for state guys from flint. I want nothing to do with it!

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    3. ZJD, I understand. I did not think about that.

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  4. Although, Drake Harris and Zach Banner are completely different types of players, the same rules apply to each of them as both want to play both sports in college. NCAA rules require two-sport athletes (if one of the sports is football) to be on football scholarship and thus would be a walk-on with the basketball team. Harris would count against MSU or Michigan's 85 scholarships and will have no bearing on the basketball team's limit.

    Personally, I think Drake will surprise a lot of people and go blue tomorrow. He is very familiar with MSU and likes them a lot, but the one-on-one attention that he and his family got from Coach Hoke at camp may have pushed them over to the Blue side. Here's hoping...

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  5. Hey caleb it is pretty clear that you read other blogs because your prediction of drake going blue sounds a lot like the blog thisismichigan. Just sayin anyway hope you are right but sounds more and more like sparty will win tomorrow over here on the westside.

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    1. Unless something new came out in the last couple of hours all I have heard from the GR area is that it has been pretty silent about the choice Harris has made.

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    2. I do like that blog, but there was actually an interview on Rivals that, in much more detail, Drake and his father discussed some of what Coach Hoke and the two them talked about and also how he really wanted to meet up with Coach Beilein but he wasn't available. Article was written on June 20th.

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  7. Everything I hear is he will be going to MSU. He grew up a Tom Izzo fan and his first love is basketball.

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    1. Very well could be...While Dantonio & MSU have done a terrific job to bring the football program to prominence , it's kinda funny that MSU's first and possibly most prized 2014 football commitment could come because of Izzo and the Basketball program.

      Not a knock on the football program as much as it's a compliment to the basketball program.

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  8. Am I the only one that thinks that with each passing day, the Laquon Treadwell ship is sailing further from Ann Arbor's dock?

    The common theme with our commits has been relatively quick decisions, and no drama.

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    1. To me that ship sailed a month ago. But other still think he is blue.

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  9. Its still has the anchor hanging. . .sailing very slow. Strong possibility the current strong enough to sail the ship back if the anchor still in tact. Patience young grasshoppers...Patience.

    Mich, OU, Oklahoma State

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  10. Ok, minor setback. Two sport stars rarely work out. Do wish him the best of luck! Hoke wants student athletes who WANT to play for Michigan. Treadwell, playing the field, sounds familiar from Crete-Monee High. Funny that my roommate in college at Hope was from Crete, Illinois. But I digress, either you have the desire to be a Wolverine or you don't. GO BLUE!

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    1. Julius Peppers, Matt Trannon, Krlvin Grady, Jim Plunkett

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  11. It's funny that the kid admits that Izzo is the reason he is committing to a Football Scholarship at State. Will be interesting to see if he pans out in both sports....that takes a rare talent.

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    1. Exactly...it took a Dantonio / Izzo Tag Team to beat Hoke out on 1 recruit. Congrats to Sparty. We can't win 'em all.

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  12. Look at how many two sport athletes really succeed. Bo Jackson comes to mind. But not back to back sports. Drew yes, large baseball contract, but if he had focused just on football, then what?

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  13. I agree that two sport athletes can be highly effective as college athletes, but it is rare. I don't know where Trannon and Kelvin are currently playing, but it is rare. Just because I live out east, does not make me a Yankee fan, but maybe one of the best baseball players ever, Derek, may have had a different career if he had decided to play football and baseball at Michigan. I would have loved to have seen it though!

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