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Drake Harris has Michigan State back in the mix

Grand Rapids Christian wide receiver reconsidering the Spartans in his recruitment, looking to visit East Lansing soon.

Drake Harris, center, greets Mark Dantonio, left, and Tom Izzo before the Ohio State basketball game on Jan. 19.
Drake Harris, center, greets Mark Dantonio, left, and Tom Izzo before the Ohio State basketball game on Jan. 19.
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A spark that looked like it had been extinguished between Drake Harris and MSU looks like it still has a little glow left after all.

The talented Grand Rapids Christian wide receiver, who recently decommitted from MSU, now has the Spartans back in the mix.

"I have been going around and looking at a lot of schools and something about MSU keeps sticking in my head," Harris told me. "I wanna give everyone an equal shot, and Coach Dantonio is a great guy and they've shown me a lot of love. They had a down year last year, but they will be back and won't be down long. So, I'm giving MSU another look."

Harris took to Twitter on Saturday night and said, "Planning on heading down to EL pretty soon to check out a practice and then spend the night with the team."

It was due to conversations with Tom Izzo that sparked the return of MSU in Harris' recruitment.

"I was talking to Coach Izzo about the Final Four and he said I should give Coach Dantonio a call," Harris said.
"So I have been talking to him on Facebook, and I am supposed to call him today.

"He has said to take my time and do what is best for me, but he wants me to come up and see a practice and see things."

Harris said he hasn't decided when the visit will be, but it will be soon since East Lansing is not a long drive.

When Harris decided to reopen his recruitment, he stressed wanting to play for a "bigger football school," but Michigan State does have some things working in its favor that stick with him.

"My grandpa is a big MSU fan and a lot of my close friends are MSU fans," he said. "It's not far -- only a 45 minute drive and family is a big part for me. And the love and support Spartan Nation has shown me in the past three years has really stuck with me."

Harris said he and Dantonio have Facebook messaged on and off since he decommitted, but is sure that communication will pick up now. He also said he hasn't heard from many MSU commits since he decommitted, but imagines once he visits for a practice, that communication will pick up, too.

He also has visits coming up to Ohio State and Michigan, as well as Florida and Florida State. His most recent offers came in from Oregon and Wisconsin.

Harris originally committed to Michigan State to play basketball and football last June, but after a junior season in which he had more than 2,000 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns, he elected to focus on football in college and look around at other schools.