EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach, Mark Dantonio leads his Michigan State Spartans onto the field before an NCAA football game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Spartan Stadium on September 2, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Grand Rapids' Drake Harris, a two-sport athlete who holds offers for both football and basketball from Michigan State, committed to the Spartans on Wednesday night.
When I was originally writing this article, I planned to focus the headline on one specific sport. I ended up changing my mind, though, because Drake Harris' commitment to the Michigan State Spartans is about more than just one sport. Harris, who is from Grand Rapids, is a two-sport athlete who intends to try and play both football and basketball in college. He's certainly good enough to try both, and the opportunity to play football for Mark Dantonio and basketball for Tom Izzo is a big reason why Harris chose Michigan State over Michigan and Notre Dame on Wednesday night.
As a football player, Harris is a four-star wide receiver on 24/7 Sports. That is the only service that has rated him so far since he is a 2014 recruit. Typically the football recruiting services take longer to give out star ratings, but 24/7 Sports is ahead of the game this year.
Harris' offer list includes Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida and Indiana. It's worth noting that he hasn't received a basketball offer from Michigan, but he does hold offers from Michigan State for both football and basketball, according to Tim Sullivan. As noted, Michigan did extend an offer for football, meaning this is a head-to-head recruiting victory for the Spartans.
Only time will tell if Harris ends up focusing on one sport or actually trying two in college, but for now he is the first member of both Michigan State's football and basketball recruiting classes for 2014.
Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Of 2014
- WR Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, MI) - 6'4", 180 lbs., NR
Michigan State Basketball Recruiting Class Of 2014
- SG Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, MI) - 6'4", 180 lbs., ****
(Height, weight and stars from Rivals.com)
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