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Monday, May 15, 2017

Former Grand Rapids Christian WR Drake Harris moving to CB at Michigan Wolverines

Grand Rapids Christian 2014 WR Drake Harris set the entire country ablaze on what would be his last high school football game of his career.  Drake Harris entered the Division 3 finals in 2012 as an all but forgotten recruit who was committed to Michigan State to play both football and basketball, but basketball seemed to be where his heart was.

Since opening in 1972 Grand Rapids Christian never even flirted with a realistic chance of winning a state title in football.  In 2012 that changed as Drake Harris as a junior went down in Michigan HS football legend status, stuff people who watched that game will one day tell their kids and grandkids about.

Drake Harris entered the state championship game in 2012 vs. powerhouse Saint Mary's needing 128 yards to tie the all-time single-season receiving yards of 1,896.

As the 2nd quarter began, Harris broke out for a 74-yard touchdown to break the record and the legend was born there, but he wasn't done.  Harris set a state finals record with 217 receiving yards as well.  His highlight of the night came before GRC needed a field goal to send the game into overtime.  Harris caught a pass and was sent airborne - landing on his head, but still didn't drop the ball.  GRC would later kick a field goal in OT and defend a Saint Mary's 4th down play to emphatically upset the beast.

Drake Harris at this point was on top of the world.  Harris was just 1 of 12 players in the country to ever exceed 2,000+ receiving yards in a single season.  Harris despite being committed to Michigan State received offers right away from; Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, and then when Oregon offered in March - he ended his commitment to Michigan State and eventually committed to Michigan a month later.

Harris was ranked as a top 50 recruit in the country on during the off-season, but a hamstring injury kept him out the first few games of his senior year and then more games, until eventually the season ended and Harris didn't play a single snap his senior year.

Fast forward to 2017.  The same Drake Harris is moving from WR to CB for the upcoming season for the University of Michigan.  The redshirt junior who is 6'4" 188 lbs never was able to recreate the magic he had in 2012.  In his Redshirt Freshman and Sophomore seasons he had a combined 8 catches for 50 yards.

The move to CB is an interesting transition as LaVert Hill and Ambry Thomas figure to be the two main corners in 2017.  Harris possessed a long stride in his runs, he utilized his height and speed to constantly burn defenders and catch balls within his range.

We're just glad that we were able to witness the epic performance and re-tell the story for years to come.

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