One of the top prospects in Ohio for the class for 2017 is Cleveland Heights wide receiver Jaylen Harris. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound prospect has been picking up scholarships at an impressive clip. He was in East Lansing on Monday and got some good news from Mark Dantonio.
“I was down at Michigan State and went on an unofficial with my coach,” Harris said to Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. “I have been talking to them every now and then and they just told me they wanted me to come down on campus, meet the coaches, get to know me a little bit and see what type of personality I have. This was my first time and it was great. The coaching staff was nice and I had a chance to meet coach Tom Izzo, the basketball coach.”
Harris is a standout basketball player and will likely get recruiting attention for that sport, his highest potential is in football. In addition to Michigan State, Harris already holds scholarships from powerhouse programs Ohio State and Alabama. Rivals.com ranks Harris a four-star recruit and the No. 207 prospect in the nation for 2017.
Harris is looking at several factors when it comes to his recruitment. He wants to go to a school where he feels comfortable with the coaching staff and where they have solid academics. The offense a team runs as well as being able to play early are other factors he is going to consider.
MSU hopes to have Harris back on campus for a game this fall so he can take in the game-day atmosphere. The showdown against Oregon in September is shaping up to be a big visit weekend for class of 2017 recruits for MSU.
Spartans look to host commitments
MSU is looking to have the majority of committed players and their families on campus in early August. The Spartans are still at 20 commitments for the class of 2016 after the departure of offensive lineman Gavin Cupp and the commitment of offensive lineman A.J Arcuri. The Spartans currently have the eighth ranked class in the nation, followed closely by the ninth-ranked Michigan and No. 10 Penn State. Ohio State currently has the No. 1 ranked class in the nation based on the Rivals.com team rankings.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.