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Are you guys hearing much on Drake Harris so far in terms of where he's looking/leaning? I'd think UM/MSU will the leaders in the mix but I haven't heard anything in particular. Thanks
"The North shall rise again." General Meyer
If he chooses strictly basketball, he will most likely choose MSU. If he chooses football, he will most likely choose Michigan, unless MSU promises to allow him to do both football and basketball.
He hasn't announced yet whether he intends to play basketball, football or both. It seems both UM and MSU have said he can do both, though that's very difficult to do successfully. Despite what many MSU fans believe, I think we have a good shot.
If Michigan basketball takes another step forward this season, then we should be that much more attractive.
Losing in the first round in this past NCAA Tournament tarnished an otherwise good season. I'm hoping for at least a Sweet 16 this time around.
It. Is. Time.
ETA: Frankly, I think Drake's future is in football. A 6'4" SG is a dime a dozen. But a 6'4" burner at WR is a prized player.
This post was edited by Frank C 23 months ago
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Thanks for all the responses.
Yeah, its really tough to do both football and basketball given the overlapping schedules and different training regimes. Pryor strongly considered the idea but obviously ultimately went the football route. I'm sure Matta was sad and Tressel was relieved at the time.
You're in really rarified grounds if you can pull off doing both sports in a big time program: Charlie Ward, Tony Gonzalez, Donovan McNabb a bit, Ronald Curry and Julius Peppers. That's about all I can think of. Antonio Gates chose to only play basketball in college before going on to the NFL. It has to be a lot harder to do now than in the 90s, as well.
Trevon Hudson from Ohio probably will have a similar b-ball or football choice to make. I'm with you, Frank C, that I hope all these kids play football. Of course, I like football A LOT more than basketball. There's no denying that NFL money pales in comparison to NBA money, which has to be a big part of the allure, though its even harder to get to the pros in basketball.
Also, I take it from the responses that he really hasn't cited a favorite school for either sport? Are you guys just speculating that he'll just pick the hottest program or has he made any comments to indicate that's how he'll choose? Is it definitely a two horse race, as well, or is there just a lack of info out at this point?
This post was edited by richardparker10 23 months ago
I haven't seen many official comments by him, other than very general stuff. No comments AFAIK about which school he prefers for either sport.
Agree. I would also think it's easier for a full-time FB player to get playing time in hoops at UM than at MSU. So if he decides to go FB first but wants to play basketball in the Spring, UM makes more sense.
Thanks, Mr W.
On Drake Harris, just thought I'd throw out that the latest update is that he might be leaning towards football in college, which is good news for Michigan. But MSU has had success recruiting WRs (more than Michigan, tbh), so it could be interesting.
Thanks, Ducksworth. Is this definitely a UM/MSU battle from what you're hearing or is it too early to say? Thanks
This is the best article I could find on him, for what its worth:
5/1/2012: Curt Mallory from Michigan visits Jabrill Peppers
MSU has had more successful WRs the last few years, but much of that is due to the RR era during which elite WRs virtually disappeared at UM. And the RR era is over. If you look at the past 30 years, starting with Anthony Carter and moving on to guys like Desmond Howard, Derrick Alexander, Marquise Walker, David Terrell and Amani Toomer all the way through to Edwards/Manningham/Arrington/Mathews (the last of the great Lloyd Carr WRs), UM has a much longer and deeper history with elite WRs than MSU.
Moreover, MSU is known for producing one of the biggest busts ever - at least at the WR position - in Charles Rogers.
Heck, at least Desmond, one of our lesser productive pros, won the Super Bowl MVP for almost single-handedly winning Green Bay the game through his contributions on special teams.
Ummm ... he also won the Heisman. Something tells me the coaching staff will make certain Drake gets a close look it when he visits AA.
Granted that bust was more individual then anything MSU did. I actually had a couple classes with Charles, which would be exactly 10 yrs ago
Oh very fair, I should have said "recently" because I just meant over the last couple years. No doubt our WR history is up there with the best of them.
He hasn't focused on recruiting much so it's hard to say, but for right now it's mainly UM and MSU. He's definitely open to more though so OSU and Notre Dame will definitely have something to say about that. I'd be shocked if he leaves the midwest, though.
Malik McDowell offered by USC and UCLA today
The time to worry is when the best programs in the country stop coming after our kids.
This. This is the truth.
Tremendous: I know you're not seriously looking into schools or setting groups right now, but you are getting a lot of attention from a lot of schools. Have you started to set any kind of criteria as far as what you are looking for in a school?
Da'Shawn: I just figured out what I want to major in. I want to major in petroleum engineering and I think I want to minor in business. I want a good education. If I don't make it into the pros, I want to put myself into a position where I am making money like I'm in the pros. I'm looking right now into which schools have a program that fits my interest, but I've mostly been focusing my time on football; working out, talking with my coaches and hanging out with my teammates. Spring practice is coming up soon and I'm getting ready for the Nike combine in Baltimore soon as well.
If Hand is being completely honest, then...$^&@^$#$@...Michigan has more than a chance!
By the end of next year I bet most of the SEC schools will have opened a petroleum engineering school.
Actually I don't recall UofM having one. Looks like advantage goes to Penn State, Stanford, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas.
Hopfully he'll realize he should study solar...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Uncle Newt 23 months ago
Can you elaborate more on pursuing petroleum engineering at Michigan, and why its the ish? Would this be similar to chemical engineering?
This post was edited by Awink2 23 months ago
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