Exit Drake Harris

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on November 28th, 2017 at 6:36 PM

Like Wilton Speight, Drake Harris announced on Instagram that he plans to transfer elsewhere for his fifth year.

I want to take this opportunity to first and foremost thank everyone who has believed in me up until this point. My journey has had many bumps in the road and the cards I have been dealt were not particularly ideal. However, the end is far from near. -To Coach Hoke, thank you for giving a young boy his dream of playing at The University of Michigan. -To Coach Harbaugh, thank you for helping me expound my athletic abilities and mold me into the athlete that I am today. -To my teammates, friends, family, and fans, you never gave up on me and always allowed me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If It wasn’t for you all, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Without further notice, I will be continuing my football career elsewhere for my 5th year season. I will forever cherish my memories in the Big House and I will never forget the lessons and qualities that made me a Michigan man. Forever and always, GO BLUE!

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Harris enrolled in January 2014 with a trainload of hype trailing him; he ended up a top-100 prospect on the 247 composite and the seventh-ranked receiver in nation. He initially committed to Michigan State to play both football and basketball, but decommitted after deciding to focus solely on football, and his stock exploded from there.

Hamstring injuries hampered his career from the start and cropped up over and over again. He eventually switched from receiver to corner before this past fall camp. By September, there were rumors that he was leaving the football team to play basketball for John Beilein. In the end, injuries forced him back to receiver, and he caught his first and only pass of the season against Ohio State in what turned out to be his last game in a Michigan uniform.

Per our depth chart by class, this would put Michigan at 87 scholarships (including the 2018 16-man class). With more attrition likely to come, Michigan should be able to add a few more members to their recruiting class before signing day.

Comments

ziggolfer

November 28th, 2017 at 6:58 PM ^

I spent some time with Drake around campus. I was busy during his years in Ann Arbor, and I was not that up to date on his happenings on the football team. That said, he was a very polite, fun, and all-around great young man. I think it speaks loads that he was a great regular person. I wish him the best in his future. 

WestQuad

November 28th, 2017 at 6:59 PM ^

Thought he was going to play basketball for Michigan this year.  Really too bad his hamstrings hamstrung his career at Michigan.  Hopefully he does the Thomas Rawls bounce somewhere.

evenyoubrutus

November 28th, 2017 at 7:01 PM ^

2014-2015 classes are being completely decimated. Both of those were half-sized, and each one has basically lost about half its members. Meaning Michigan functionally has HALF a recruiting class left from a two year period who should be upperclassmen.

jackw8542

November 28th, 2017 at 7:18 PM ^

when he chose UM and have been disappointed by his injuries ever since.  I hope he can have a great fifth year somewhere, maybe with WS.  That could be a great way for both of them to go out with a bang!

Go Blue!  And good luck to Drake and Wilton.

SD Larry

November 28th, 2017 at 7:30 PM ^

prevented him from realizing his very high potential.  Was also very excited about his commitment to Michigan.  Not a coach or pretend  judge of receiver talent, but I still think he might has some good football ahead of him if he can stay healthy.  Nice to hear also from Ziggolfer that Drake carried himself so well around campus, as I imagine most of the players do.

bronxblue

November 28th, 2017 at 9:57 PM ^

Wish him luck.  Guy tried, but injuries just couldn't be overcome.  Loved his willingness to jump around the field to see playing time.  Hopefully his next stop is a little better.

 

jdon

November 29th, 2017 at 9:30 AM ^

we will always have that opening bomb  in E. Lansing last year...

oh wait, it was incomplete.

and the perfect metaphor for Drake's career here at UofM.

 

I wish him luck in the wars to come.

jdon