Although he was probably the one most likely to commit, I am not surprised he didn't by any means. His decision is a pretty big one, as it will likely come with his two teammates as well. IMO if he wasn't commiting for 2 other people as well, he would probably have commited over the weekend.
Drake Harris Visit Reaction
He's not committing for two other people.
What I read earlier said that he wanted to talk to his parents and coaches about his decision. It didn't mention talking to his two teammates, but I assumed it was just an oversight. I would think that if they really plan on being a package deal that he'll want to talk to them about it as well, especially the 2014 kid. I also don't know if we should expect a committment from him prio to his 2014 teammate making his visit either. If I remember correctly, Artavis Scott hasn't been to A2 since the BBQ. Someone that follows recruiting much closer can clarify that.
I'm wondering if Scott is even close to committing anywhere at this point. If he isn't, could Cole be that close?
If Cole is that close to committing, could this be the point in most package deals where the good intentions are overcome by the acknowledgement that the most important thing is that each player finds the best school for himself.
I'd pay very little attention to any package deal talk.
I usually do, but I feel like the first time I totally disregard a reported package deal will be the first time it actually works out. I usually just take it with the proverbial grain of salt. Since I haven't heard them say going separate ways is even a possibility, I still consider it's possible that this might be the first time a package deal sticks together.
Captain obvious is here with the news that the next commit is probably either Doles or Cole...
I was at the game yesterday and was about 30 ft from where all the recruits and coaches where sitting. Harris & Speight sat together the whole time. All the coaches where there. Mattison was sitting next to a middle aged man most of the game which I'm guessing was a recruits dad? Freddy J and the other coaches made it around to the recruits talking to them. McDowell was in the first row aisle seat and saw Funk, Helsinki, Fred J all come to talk to him. Saw Mattison sitting next to him before the game.
Before the game a very tall bald guy walked in and I said , wow that guy has to be 7'-5. As he got closer I saw it was Zyldrunas Ilgauskas (sp?). Saw a NBA pass around his neck so he's there scouting. Not sure who he works for.
Also, John Navarre was in line in front of me waiting to get in with his wife and son
Btw,I hadn't been in Crisler for a game since 2006, it is simply amazing now.
Forgot to mention about Hoke. I'm sure everyone saw him sitting next to Beilein & Al Glick. He was fun to watch, he was very vocal getting on the refs a bit (with a smile) and encouraging the players as they came off the court. On his feet cheering with the student section. Saw he & Beilein exchanging a few words even during the game. Blue jeans, buttoned shirt untucked....love that guy
Yea my bad, had a Swedish blonde on my mind as I was typing
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I thought Helsinki is in Finland
Helsinki is in Finland.
Edit: Damn it, Jeff
There's no doubt the new Crisler is a FAR better place to bring recruits than the old days when it was dark and an unexciting atmosphere. I remember watching the recruits coming in in the mid-80's. No student section in the center. Dim lights. Not much going on at halftime. No video boards. We still seemed to do OK I guess, recruiting-wise.
Ilgauskas is an assistant GM for the Cavs.
has been a factor of being absent a QB who can make "all the throws" since 2007. OU had Bradford/Jones, OkSU with Weeden, USC with Barkley et al. Plus those offenses then shifted their priority to pass with a plus passer. UM coaches need to sell that that era is coming upon us soon with better arms and play action going to be an actual threat.
I agree. I think Gardner's performance this year at least legitimized the claim that Michigan would be able to return to a pro-style offense. If he had sat on the bench the entire year, there wouldn't be any evidence to show that Hoke wanted to return to those days other than the recruitment of Shane Morris. As much as I like Denard Robinson, I don't think he's a guy that wide receivers were beating down the door to pair up with.
When you say we've seen this before, do you mean great recruiting weekends leading toward fast starts to strong recruiting classes? Because that's what we've seen before.
This is why we think every big recruit that visits will commit.
What was actually said, "Wilton before we left said if I go there that he wants to room with me."
What Coach Brown said, "Wilton Speight tells me he and Drake Harris got very close during this weekend's visit. They actually talked about being roommates."
The power of journalism.
It's going to be a process to bring him over to the Maize and Blue, but we are on the right track. Is this pretty much a two-horse race, or is he strongly considering schools outside Michigan? Just comparing the MSU and U-M programs in the next few years, the QB situation at Michigan has to give us a big advantage.
Sounds like we'll have to fend off Bama and OSU as well.
I have a fear of Harris staying at MSU... All this talk about how he won't stick there because he was thinking basketball first just sounds like an excuse for hoping that he won't. The more I hear people say he will go somewhere other than state just makes me fear more he will prove everyone wrong. I really want him at Michigan, but state has a really really good shot to keep him.
I really think there's more to it than that. He's even said so himself. He wants to concentrate on football, and MSU probably doesn't offer him the best opportunity.
Yeah I understand, but why stay committed to them?
If they don't pull his offer, keep the commitment there until you're absolutely sure where else you want to go, just in case.
Do you burn your bridges behind you?
But I burn the boats.
Because if a school is letting you hold a commitment spot while you go out and look for better places, what good does it do to give up that spot?
I seriously think that MSU may not even be in his top 5 when everything is said and done, I see 3 way battle between UM, OSU and Alabama with some pass happy spread offense teams trying to muscle their way in.
He's planning to visit Florida, OSU, and Michigan again, etc and you think he'll stick with MSU? Have you been to East Lansing?
Keep this up Wilton an we'll have to call you Suga Speight.
Please don't, I'd like to keep him commited
He had (another) good visit here. He has been to MSU multiple times recently, has been here and says he will visit here again, and then says he also wants to visit OSU. He has visits lined up pretty much through March and that's not even addressing any SEC programs or anyone else he might be interested in.
Is there any reason to believe this won't be a long, drawn-out recruitment? Could make for a lot of pain in the mgo community. I'm just going to take a backseat on this one for a little while and not get too stressed because this could be crazy. ESPECIALLY if he waits until the fall to take official visits. With his visit schedule along spanning the next month+, I just can't imagine there is anything to read into right now.
@CoachBrown3: Mark it down right now at 11:11 pm on February 25th, 2013. Drake Harris will be a #Michigan Wolverine.