December 19, 2010

Harris talks about Crab Bowl

This past weekend Michigan State linebacker commitment Darien Harris of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland participated in the Crab Bowl All-State Game. The game features the best players in the Washington D.C., area against Best players in the Baltimore area.

The game featured an impressive amount of talent on both teams. Players committed to schools such as Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Maryland and Virginia participated. Harris, who is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, selected Michigan State over offers from school such as Illinois, Kansas, Syracuse and Purdue.

The players had a week of practices as well as activities before playing in the game on Saturday. The game came down to the final minutes and Baltimore ending up edging Washington D.C. by a score of 21-17. SpartanMag.com asked Harris what he enjoyed about participating in the game.

"I really enjoyed the competition level, definitely, Harris said." Everyone out there will be playing at the next level and everyone was a star on their high school team. Bringing all those players together made for an extremely talented and disciplined team. It gave me an idea of what I will be facing next year."

This past fall Harris was moved from linebacker to running back due to an injury and he excelled at that spot. He rushed for over 900-yards and averaged over 8-yards per carry. His high school coach prefers to not have players playing both ways. In the Crab Bowl Harris was put back to his recruited position of outside linebacker.

"It felt natural to get there at linebacker, he said." "I had missed the defensive side of the ball a lot so getting back to what I feel is my natural position put me back in a comfort zone."

Harris had a solid performance at linebacker for the Washington D.C. squad. He made several tackles from his outside linebacker spot and was effective when dropping into pass coverage. Harris is known for his speed, running a 4.5 forty-yard dash at a weight if 210-pounds.

Harris took his official visit to Michigan State back on the weekend of December 3rd and thoroughly enjoyed his time in East Lansing. He plans on coming back out in January to spend some more time on campus with his family.

"I will be back out in January for the weekend of the Indiana game," Harris stated.

By the time Harris returns, Coach Dantonio and his staff will have likely put the finishing touches on the class of 2011. Michigan State and Harris would be very happy if fellow DeMatha player Darian Cooper is also a Spartan come then. Cooper is in the process of taking his official visits to his final four schools, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Iowa.


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