I'm sure Michigan can get better O-Line prospects than Doles, but Harris is a very good WR prospect
'14 WR/SG Drake Harris to decide Wednesday
yeah, im "meh" on Doles,
but Drake has a HIGH ceiling aat WR. fragile though..
hope he picks blue... already very solid classs.....
and joins our bball squad..
...I do wonder if the offer to Tommy Doles meant anything....as in Drake would pick M if his buddy Doles also gets an offer....
The timing makes me wonder...
And, for the record: I, too, am Dutch -and a GRCHS grad- but I have no actual connections to give me any info on this decision.
If these two end up playing together, much more likely to both go to MSU than to UM...
I have a boatload of family at GRCHS that have been telling me MSU since his freshman year
As a Dutchman and GRCHS grad, I hope Christian High has more big time recruits in the near future. All of us mgoblog kindred spirits seem to be coming out of the woodwork.
From what I hear about GRCHS's change in strategy and bigger emphasis on sports, it sounds like this will actually be the case.
If they all want to play at MSU, then I hope GRCHS wins a lot of games with very average players.
The Michigan State fans I listen to, both reasonable men, believe he is all Sparty and actually aren't happy about it. For some reason, they believe his father is a headcase and not worth being affiliated with. Go figure.
I know what you mean. He plays entitled, and lazy.
and his dad is a character, ala Mr Grady
Good luck with his dad, Izzo and Dantonio.
his dad and a select few parents forced the bball coach out
Which coach? My middle school science teacher coached at GRCHS for a while...
...my mother's maiden name is "Bloem"...ya think we're related?
Certainly possible, but my dad's only got one sister, and I'm pretty sure her kids aren't hanging out on mgoblog, so probably not real closely... I know there's another Bloem clan out in the Hudsonville-ish area we can't find a connection to though.
...Bloem clan that is Catholic and of no relation. If you're in that Dutch/CRC group, you almost certainly are. Your dad is prob. my mom's cousin. Out of curiosity, do you know an exchange student that teaches violin?
That would make more sense. I'm definitely not familiar with all our relatives past my immediate cousins, and even if I was, I have a horrible memory for that kind of thing.
My parents had an exchange student from Korea named Ji a couple years ago I think, and she taught some violin lessons, so unless there are some super strange coincidences going on, you're thinking of the right family!
Yes, you are family...though I'd have to ask my mom exactly how -but most likely as I said before.
And, my daughter took violin lessons from Ji at your parents' house.
That is what we call "Dutch Bingo"!
"MGoBlog: Bringing mildly distant relatives together." should probably be the new tagline.
Let the Dutchman weigh in on this one:
Drake's dad is looney tunes, and this whole thing is about his ego. Drake is somehow a humble kid and is probably embarrassed by the attention and wants it over.
I have seen the kid play both sports, and its very hard to say what he would be better at, but as a bona fide hoops junkie, I would be disappointed if I did not see him play bigtime college basketball. He does actually look like he's not always playing hard, but the game comes so damn easy to him, I think thats just how it looks. He is a physical freak.
Yes, I have "inside" information, and I won't say who it is. Strange things go on at GRCHS with their athletic programs. Many attribute it to Bob VanderWeide (of the Orlando Magic Dwight Howard drunk-dialing fame) but I can't understand what his motivation would be.
West Michigan isn't exactly known for its high profile basketball players, Drake is probably bored out there.
I heard his dad had some issues, as well....as in he was threatening the coach (football, I believe) to pull Drake and send him to a Detroit area (private) school if something didn't go his way....don't recall exactly what the issue was.
e-History indicates to me that when there's very little buzz surrounding a recruit and Michigan and then said recruit suddenly decides to announce that it pretty much never ever results in said recruit committing to Michigan. I'll be shocked if he doesn't pick MSU
WIAB may do the trick too.
Seriously, hope he chooses M over Sparty since we still need a big time receiver.
You do know that Michigan has won 3 out of the last 4 basketball games, right?
edit: yeah, this isn't anywhere near the comment I replied to
he's gonna shock the world and pick Notre Dame! hahaha
It's strange that Sparty gets a lot of good WR's from instate. Rison, Rogers, Burbridge, and now (probably) Harris. I'm sure I have neglected a few more, too.
So he's going to decide which sport to play and which school to attend in the same announcement?
I expected this recruitment to last a lot longer given his two-sport status. I suppose I agree with the consensus that he'll pick Michigan if football is his primary focus, and MSU if it's basketball. Yes, I know he will have the opportunity to play both but he's going to have to emphasize one over the other at the college level or else he'll be mediocre at both.
I'll go out on a limb (with no substance) and predict UM Football because 6"4 receivers are more valuable than 6"4 guards.
Brady Hoke isnt recruiting against Mark Dantonio, he is actually recruiting against Tom Izzo. He can dominate Sparty on in state recruiting not only in football but also basketball. Thats gonna burn extra hot in East Lansing.
To be honest he may be the most overrated basketball player in the state in quite some time, after playing against him several times he is just above average for a kid playing in a grade below that he should be. Football he has seemed to be the real deal but then again he hasn't played vs the greatest of talent wouldn't be such a bad if he went green in my book.
He's a grade below the grade he should be in? Sounds like Sparty material after all.
Let's wait at least until he commits until we start talking crap about Mr. Harris and Drake as a student. Apparently coach Hoke still thinks he's a good fit for Michigan. And I'm willing to bet he has been scrutinizing the kid's character.
/not fully directed at you
Uhhh... Mitch McGary is doing the exact same thing, isn't he? Playing down a grade?
It was a little sad at first because people are thinking he's going to MSU.
Then it got really angry and there was some trolling and a lot of talking about MSU's team.
Then it ended in touching fashion with a bunch of Dutch people coming together and even a family reunion in there.
I know the assumption is he's going to Sparty, but can we please keep the trashing of the kid and his family to a minimum? This should go without saying for all HS kids, but especially since it's going to be awfully awkward if he does go Blue.
The KID is a nice humble guy. It's the dad....
and his dad is obviously related to Drake, a UM PROSPECT.
It's totally classless to trash his family on the message board of a school he's considering. You think recruits don't search the internet for chatter about themselves and a kid who has gotten such serious interest from UM isn't going to find mgoblog? I would hate to think of him reading some of the comments in this thread.
*posted before my e-stalker marks this -1 for trolling*
I didn't take time to read all 149 comments, so hopefully this isn't redundant. I talked to a friend who happens to be VERY close to Drake. It sounds like Tom Izzo has made a huge impression on Drake for a long time which could make MSU his destination. The friend of mine also said Drake is very high on Notre Dame due to a good relationship he has formed with Brian Kelly. The one thing that struck me is that my friend said Drake and his Dad grew up as Michigan fans, and both are very high on Brady Hoke. Last but not least, it sounded as though Drake had geniune interest in taking all five officials. He really wants to see Alabama and USC. Despite the fact that he will be announcing tomorrow, his recruitment could be far from over.
Soooooo, he is committing to everyone?
What a MORON!!!!!
Edit: In response to Rakefight
Is Brady Hoke going to GR today? Dantonio is reportedly on his way over there, which could mean something, unless Hoke is going too.
that would be against NCAA rules so I would highly doubt Dantonio would be there for a "press conference"
How is that trolling and why would it be against NCAA rules? I never said he'd be there for a press conference.
Harris is supposed to have his press conference at his High School football stadium tonight at 6:45. Get the popcorn ready.