Ann Arbor — Drake Harris, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound receiver from Grand Rapids Christian, should be fully healthy by the time Michigan spring practice begins later this month.
Harris, an early enrollee, missed his senior season with a hamstring injury.
“Physically, he has improved,” coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday, which was National Signing Day for college athletes. “He’s doing more and more. I know we ran (Tuesday) morning, and he is feeling more and more 100 percent. I don’t think he liked missing football, being hurt and missing games. I don’t think anybody enjoys that. He is ready to play football again.”
Harris is extremely athletic and has a basketball background.
“Being a basketball guy, obviously he has a different skill set than the other guys,” said receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski, who also coordinates recruiting. “He has very fluid movement and very natural ball skills to be able to go get it.”
Canteen has a shot
Freddy Canteen, another early enrollee receiver, will be a slot receiver for Michigan.
Canteen is 6-1, 170 pounds and extremely quick.
“His ability to get out of breaks, his quickness off the ball — he’s a very talented kid,” Hoke said. “He can pick the ball out of the air. And his size gives you a little more.
“With his bigger size, he also has the athleticism to get in and out of breaks.”
Negative recruiting is, well, part of recruiting. Hoke said that even with a 7-6 season and the firing of offensive coordinator Al Borges and hiring of Doug Nussmeier, he didn’t perceive more rampant negative recruiting.
“I don’t think so,” Hoke said. “I don’t get involved with all that’s out there in social media. Certain (players), they shut it down pretty well. Certain guys don’t.”
Hoke said social media has changed the recruiting game, and that’s not exactly a positive.
“There’s no question it’s changed,” Hoke said. “It’s changed and will continue to change. Harder? It’s harder on the kids. Sometimes kids sometimes ask for it — they like to tweet and all those things. Also, there’s a lot of adults who can be faceless and nameless.”
Hoke on the Michigan recruiting class not being ranked as high: “I would say size of the class has something to do it, but I really don’t think I care (about rankings). I don’t know how much I would put stock into that. The class fits what we needed to fit.”