Harris Will Double Dip for Spartans

Harris Will Double Dip for Spartans

Michigan State lands Grand Rapids Christian's two-sport star Drake Harris, who explains his decision here.

Even though he is just coming out of his sophomore year, Drake Harris has established himself as a high level prospect in both basketball and football, accumulating an impressive offer list in both sports.

Rather than drag the process out, he ended things this evening, publicly announcing his commitment to Michigan State and his intentions to play both sports.

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"I just didn't want to drag it out when I know where I want to go. It is in my heart that I want to go to Michigan State so I didn't want to hurt others by dragging it out."

Not only did the Spartans offer Harris the opportunity to play both, but their experience with having players do that was important as well.

"They've talked to me and they've had players play both before. A lot of schools haven't had players play both, Michigan State has had that in their time. They talked to me. It will be a little bit tough but I think I can make the transition."

There were plenty of reasons beyond just that opportunity that led Harris to Michigan State.

"It's only 45 minutes away and both (basketball head coach Tom) Izzo and (football head coach Mark) Dantonio are going to be there for awhile. Their system fits me really good in football and basketball. I know Dantonio is going to throw the ball so I'm going to love playing for him and Izzo too. They're both great coaches."

Harris actually grew up watching one of the Spartans' most hated rivals but changed his tune when he experienced how the green and white recruited him.

"Actually, when I was little, I grew up a Michigan fan. I didn't grow up watching Michigan State, but over time I started liking State. Izzo was the first one to start recruiting me. He stuck with me and he was at a lot of games. Both he and Dantonio have been great to me so that's why I chose them."

Not only did Izzo see Harris play hoops, he was also at Christian for a three-touchdown-catch performance on the gridiron.

"He said he was amazed by the way I played. He didn't know I was that good of a football player. He said it'd be stupid for me to give up one sport and he said I could play both sports. So he's fine with me going to do that."

Now that the announcement is over, does Harris see dual Big Ten championships in his future?

"Yeah I feel like we can do it. They're getting great player, Gary Harris and guys like that. Their football program is really building. They're ranked preseason pretty high, so once I get there I think we can win a few."

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