The puzzle coming together nicely for Borges, Michigan's pro-style offense
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ichigan’s move to a pro-style offense was on display in Saturday’s spring game.
Even though Al Borges purposely kept the playbook vanilla, new quarterback Devin Gardner and the rest of the Wolverines offense has fans excited.
That transition has been a central theme of the last couple of recruiting classes, too, and another a key piece of the puzzle was added Sunday.
Drake Harris, Rivals.com’s No. 4 wide receiver and the nation’s No. 56 prospect overall, committed to Michigan over Ohio State.
Harris visited Ohio State on Friday, followed by a trip to Ann Arbor for the spring game. Yesterday afternoon, he announced on Twitter that he had officially committed to Michigan.
The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian product is Michigan’s highest-ranked wide receiver recruit in more than a decade. In fact, he’s ranked higher than any other receiver recruit since Rivals.com began ranking recruits back in 2002. (Rivals rated Mario Manningham, signed back in 2005, as the nation’s No. 5 receiver.)
At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Harris is also a high-major basketball prospect. He uses that athleticism to get separation from defenders and has the speed to beat defenses vertically.
In short, he’s a perfect fit for what Borges wants to do offensively.
The 2013 class included highly-regarded quarterback Shane Morris (6-3, 185) and 5-star running back Derrick Green (6-0, 220), both of whom arrive on campus this summer. Michigan loaded up on offensive linemen, signing seven recruits with four of those rated 4-stars by Rivals.
But wide receiver was the one position where Michigan lacked a true game-changer.
The Wolverines signed three receivers in 2013, but none of those were ranked 4-stars or better. The highest-ranked receiver of the Brady Hoke era had been Amara Darboh, who was Rivals’ No. 30 receiver in 2012.
Harris originally committed to Michigan State as a football and basketball player back in June of last year, but decided this fall that he should concentrate on the gridiron and reopened his recruitment. Last season, he caught 91 passes for a state-record 2,016 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Harris gives Michigan five commitments for 2014, with four of those are rated 4-stars.
The Wolverines other commitments on offense are 4-star offensive lineman Mason Cole (6-5, 275) from Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake High, who is rated the nation’s No. 16 offensive tackles, and 3-star quarterback Wilton Speight (6-6, 217) from Richmond (Va.) The Collegiate School, the No. 16 pro-style quarterback.
On defense, 4-star linebacker Michael Ferns (6-3, 235) of Saint Clairsville (Ohio) High and 4-star defensive tackle Bryan Mone (6-4, 315) Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland are Michigan pledges.
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