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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: GRC’s Harris de-commits from MSU, put himself back on the board in coast-to-coast recruiting game

By: Scott Burnstein, March 12, 2013, 10:00 am

GRAND RAPIDS – With big-time Division I college scholarship offers piling up at his feet at the most rapid of clips, Grand Rapids Christian’s Drake Harris finally made official on Monday what had been anticipated and expected for months: the superstar 6-foot-4 wide receiver de-committed from Michigan State.

One of the nation’s top recruits on the gridiron in the Class of 2014, Harris had committed to the Spartans for basketball and football last year.

Following a monumental, record-breaking junior season (over 2,000 yards in pass-catches) last fall where he led his team to a state title, the two-sport playmaker decided that he would focus solely on the game of football for his future.

When that information dropped in early January, experts figured it was only a matter of time before Harris broke ties from his pledge to become a Spartan and open back up his recruitment to the larger, more high-profile national programs that were sure to and did quickly come calling.

Rated as high as the No. 1 split end in the country by some scouting services, he has accumulated close to two dozen elite scholarship offers from BCS schools, including defending National Champion Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Ohio State and Michigan, among a throng of others.

His 2,016 yards receiving in 2012 broke the single-season MHSAA record and put in him in some pretty rarified air, making him only the 12th prepster of all-time to reach the 2,000-yard plateau.

Back on Friday, Harris, a heady and scintillating floor general on the hardwood, guided his high school hoop squad to a district crown.

Reports and sightings place Harris in Ann Arbor visiting with members of the Michigan program that past few weekends. Harris texted a reporter at the news of his de-commitment Monday afternoon.

Monday brought the state its second "big bang" de-commitment of the past month, coming on the heels of Southfield’s Lawrence Marshall (DE) committing and de-committing from Ohio State in the same two-week span in February.