Catching Up with Drake Harris

By Miles Joseph on February 12, 2013 at 9:00p
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Urban Meyer and his staff landed a bevy of top-notch offensive playmakers in the 2013 class, including Ezekiel Elliott, Dontre Wilson, James Clark, Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith, and Marcus Baugh.

Harris got upsHarris is one of the top receivers in the 2014 class

With that group being signed, sealed, and delivered, the coaches now have their eyes set on recruiting more playmakers in the 2014 class.

One of the top targets on their board is Grand Rapids (MI) Christian WR Drake Harris, who many consider to be the top junior wideout in the Midwest.

The 6-4/180 Michigan State commit is rated as the fifth-best wide receiver and 47th-best overall player in the nation by the 247 Composite. He was originally going to play both football and basketball in college, which is one of the main reasons he gave Sparty his verbal this past summer. But recently Harris decided he was only going to take on the gridiron in college, leading him to open up his recruitment.

Harris visited Ohio State last spring on his way home from an AAU basketball tournament, but the visit then was a very short one. He wants to get back up to Columbus again in the near future to get a better look at what Ohio State has to offer and it is thought Urban Meyer has an excellent chance to land yet another prospect from the state up north.

We caught up with Drake to talk about his interest in the Buckeyes, his relationship with Urban Meyer, when he may make it to campus for a visit, and more.

Keep reading to learn more about rising junior wide receiver, Drake Harris.

Why did you opt to only play football in college?

I feel like I had more success playing football. I've been playing basketball since I was little and have lost some of my love for the game. I also just really like playing football.

What was your conversation with Coach Izzo like when you gave him the news?

It was really hard to call him and tell him I wouldn't be playing basketball in college. He was the first coach to recruit me to play any sport. He was really understanding though and said he would be recruiting me to play football at Michigan State.

Do other schools have a legitimate shot at flipping you from MSU? Would you say the Spartans are your leader as of this moment?

Yeah, when I committed to Michigan State, it was to play football and basketball. When I decided to play only football I opened up my recruitment. I would not say they're in the lead, as right now I have a list and everyone is about even.

Which schools are on that list?

Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, and Notre Dame are the main schools I'm looking at.

What kind of relationship do you have with Urban Meyer?

I talk to Coach Meyer every week. He's my main recruiter. He tells me they really want me and I'm the top receiver on their board.

What does it mean to you that he's your main recruiter?

I'm really happy about it. He's one of the best to ever coach in college football. He's just an awesome coach.

How often do you talk to Coach Coombs, your area recruiter?

He was actually up to see me every week when they were allowed to visit me. He's a great person and a great coach.

Do you have a relationship with Damon Webb or Lawrence Marshall, Ohio State's two commits from your state?

I've been talking to Damon Webb a lot recently. He's a really good player. I have never met Lawrence Marshall, though.

Do you have plans to visit Ohio State?

I'll probably visit sometime in the spring or February 24 for the basketball game against Michigan State. Coach Meyer wants to spend some time with me and wants me to get to know the campus better.

What are you looking forward to seeing on your visit?

I definitely want to see more of the educational side of the school. I'm interested in business as a major. I also want to see the football stadium. I got to see the facilities on my visit last spring.

Are you camping anywhere this offseason?

I'm planning on attending the Nike Football Training Camp in Chicago, then hopefully The Opening from there.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

that last catch, when he jumps, he looks like he continues to gain height until he gets hit..... dayum....

13THandSummit's picture

... and by "last" catch you also mean the 2nd catch. Poor highlight reel, but solid prospect. Should he really be Urban's top WR prospect for 2014 if he a) actually told him that and b) meant it?

703Buckeye's picture

The last catch was the third catch.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

WezBuck28's picture

It was his second catch, the second catch on the video was a replay from a different angle from the first catch...

Bolt's picture

I want this guy and it seems Urbs does too. We've got enough of the speedy slot guys, now we need a big and fast vertical threat to keep defenses honest. That's why I wanted Robert Foster so much in this year's class.

Hovenaut's picture

Real talent, great size....like a super athletic Mike Jenkins.

Best of luck this upcoming season and throughout the recruiting process to him.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Chief B1G Dump's picture

The guy will be a beast outside the hashes. I want this guy to be a Buckeye.

Also, I'm fairly certain it's a violation to have a coach recruit for another sport. Therefore an NCAA violation for Izzo to recruit him to play football.

cinserious's picture

Its amazing the competition Urban is building here! Just on playmakers alone like receivers, RBs, slot, Harvin, ATH., etc. We are going to be DEEEEEP with 4 and 5 star talent. If someone is a bust, gets injured, departs early for the pros, it won't matter one bit. Don't even get me started on the Defensive linemen!

Gone ham, be back soon...

ab42beerman's picture

This kid has NFL prospect written all over him.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

If he wants to major in business, he should be thoroughly impressed with Fisher.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

buck-I.8's picture

Unfortunately, if he's truly academically focused, he'll be more impressed at UM

zbd's picture

The worst "highlight" video I've seen with 2 catches and advertisements, but a good interview with him saying positive things about Meyer and his interest in visiting the campus this month.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Great hands and breakaway speed. I can't wait to see how he performs this Summer. Hopefully, he stops by for Friday Night Lights.

jimlyals's picture

Drake will be Freshman Player of the Year!  I watch him play at GR Christian and I don't think I have seen a better player when the game is on the line!!  GO BUCKS!

jimlyals