|Drake Harris (#1) with Michael Ferns III (#10) and Wilton Speight|
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Grand Rapids (MI) Christian
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #14
Last year: Harris was a senior in high school. He was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 wide receiver, and #67 overall.
Harris had a bit of a roller coaster ride in high school. Originally considered to be a potential two-sport athlete, he committed to Michigan State, mainly for basketball purposes. However, his higher upside on the gridiron made him reconsider, at which point he flipped to the Wolverines. Maybe the universe was punishing him for his indecision because he suffered a hamstring injury in August of 2013 and didn't play football at all during his senior year. That was a good thing for his opponents, considering he had a record-setting junior season (91 catches, 2016 yards, 23 touchdowns).
Harris enrolled at Michigan in January, but his hamstring issues persisted through the spring. He has reportedly been lifting weights and added some noticeable bulk during his recovery, but it's unclear how long the injury problem will last. Hamstrings can be touchy. The Wolverines have a decent group of receivers, and freshman Freddy Canteen got a lot of hype in the spring. While there is room for someone else to step up behind top target Devin Funchess, Harris will probably not be that guy, at least not this year. Redshirt sophomore Jehu Chesson got a lot of playing time last year, and redshirt sophomore Amara Darboh was ahead of Chesson on the depth chart until a foot injury sidelined him for the 2013 season. The prudent thing would seem to be a redshirt so Harris can continue getting physically ready for the college game.