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Michaelee Harris going to Louisville

From the first time he stepped onto the playing field for the competitive North Dade Optimist program, Michaelee Harris had big dreams of one day becoming a star.

Whether it was as a freshman at Norland, or the past three seasons as a member of the Northwestern Bulls, Harris has never blended in with the rest of the players. This is a difference maker. Someone who has always stood out.

On Tuesday, the athlete that many had watched and admired the past few years, made his college decision. While schools such as Miami, West Virginia, Mississippi, UCF, Tennessee and Mississippi State had been in the mix, the decision came down to feeling comfortable and having the opportunity to play.

"The University of Louisville is a program on the way up with a coach (Charlie Strong) who knows what it's like to start a winning tradition," Harris said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity."

Harris (6-0, 180) joins teammate Corvin Lamb, who committed to Louisville last week. Both figure to make an impact as freshmen, which is certainly nothing new to Harris has learned plenty in his years at Northwestern.

From watching Aldarius Johnson break tackles and using his large frame to create positives, to see Tommy Streeter coming up with big catch after big catch, to see Kendal Thompkins jet into the end zone with a pass, Harris had a front row in a classroom filled with playmakers.

''It was exciting,'' Harris said. ``What it did was get me ready for last year when everyone left for college, and this year, when I am looked at as the player with the abilities to make things happen.''

Watching Johnson, Streeter and Thompkins, Harris picked up the essentials to be a great prospect. He watched them in practice, how they carried themselves in school and in games. He also followed the recruiting process, knowing full well that his time would come to be in that same situation.

''What I did during my sophomore year was to take a little something from all those guys,'' Harris said. ``I watched how tough Aldarius was, making himself nearly impossible to cover. I saw the way Tommy got up for the big games like in Dallas and in the state championship game against Orlando Boone. I also saw the way Kendal became a game breaker.''

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LouisvilleJohn

Welcome to the Cards Harris. The story is wrong about one thing: Lamb will not make an impact next season, he will likely redshirt. About the only position that the Cards are actually loaded at is at the running back position. We've got 3 pretty good ones with Anderson, Powell, and Ashley. But when Powell graduates after next season, He can step right into the rotation as a RS freshman.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

WHILE I HATE TO LOSE MR. HARRIS. HE MADE A WISE DECISION. THE UM HAS TO MANY TALENTED RECIEVERS AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HARD FOR HIM TO GET PLAYING TIME AS GOOD AS HE IS. I'M ALSO GLAD FOR MR. LAMB. COACH STRONG IS A BLESSED MAN. FLORIDA IS GOING TO MISS HIM. MORE THAN THEY THINK. ST. MATTHEW 10:26 PROVERBS 15:3

Goodluckinkentuck

Harris needs a 19 ACT score to get into Miami and he doesn't have it.

UL accepts what he has now with grades and score.

Whether he tries tests again I don't know.

But lets please not say the kid turned down Miami when he can't even qualify for Miami.

Talk to MNW coaches about it Andre.

Larry Blustein

This is Larry and there was NO mention that he turned down Miami. It was merely mentioned that Miami was in the mix. There was NO reason given that he chose Louisville other than he liked everything that was going on. Please STOP thinking that Miami is the MECCA right now...because they are NOT, so STOP trying to equate why Miami didn't sign this kid or not. They lost mto a Big 10 team the other night, so the appeal to come here is not what it once was....Every athlete does not have to pass or fail the Miami test before making a decision.

Jack_in_Homestead

Nice to see Blustein get in a side-swipe at Miami "..They lost mto a Big 10 team the other night, so the appeal to come here is not what it once was....Every athlete does not have to pass or fail the Miami test before making a decision." Nice going! Yet when it comes to his beloved FSU ...every kid who goes there is wise for choosing that crap-shoot.

Mentioning that "Miami was in the mix" = what ? Anybody with a brain immediately thinks he turned them down. Nowhere did it mention that he would have had to work his way up thru a very long Miami depth-chart. You are just as disingenuous as the article.

No one is hating on the kid, every Canes fan from the 305 wishes him well but the original poster was right. The artcle left too much open to wron interpretation.

Larry Blustein

Jack...First of all, I have been a Hurricane supporter and a fan since 1965, when I was a youngster who attended the games on Friday nights! So, let me get that out of the way. I am not an FSU fan and have never found any silver lining for what FSU does or does not do. So, before you create something with the Miami "fans" who read things on the internet, I am kind of tired of everyone believing if an athlete does not choose Miami, he is not a talent. In case you have lost track of the world over the past three years, the 'Canes have been 5-7, 7-6, 9-4 (21-17), which is no reason to sit in judgement of anyone who chooses any of the 70 other schools with better records than Miami in that time!

I cannot see why true Miami fans don't take the facts as they are: Miami is NOT a great teamn right now. The nation saw it on Tuesday night, and have watched it all year.
Michaelee Harris is a quality athlete who could play anywhere, and while you take it as a "sideswipe" at Miami, I am a fan who calls it it the way it is.

I have promoted Miami and the program for years. Don't come down on me because I am balanced in my opinion. Just go back and read or listen to the things I have long said about Miami and the program. I'm sure you will change your mind about your "FSU" comment. Happy New Year!

Darryl Brown

Congrats Mike, I wish you nothing but the best of luck at Louisville. I remember just yesterday watching you run the 4x400 relay in Omaha Nebraska to going to college, never stop dreaming Mike it just might come true.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

LARRY, NO DISRESPECT BUT I DEFINITELY DISAGREE WITH YOU. MIAMI IS DEFINITELY A MECCA. COACH SHANNON AND JACORY HARRIS WILL DRAW PLAYERS ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO KNEW THEM IN FLORIDA. YOU MIGHT NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BRAND OF COFFEE. SMILE. HAVE A GREAT DAY. PSALMS 15

Jack_in_Homestead

Larry ...where did I say that Harris is not a Talent? Where ? It's you who did not read carefully.
I stated that the article made no mention of his having to work his way up a loaded Miami WR depth-chart with guys who are just as or more talented than he is.
Harris has stated how he wants to be a starter but Miami's depth-chart is loaded AM I WRONG ???????????

You keep trying to blanket Miami fans with the same label for all. In case you forgot,5-7, 7-6 and 9-4 is steady improvement for a team rebuilt from the crap that Coker left. So before you start waving the "70 other schools with better and what type of competition they faced.records than Miami.." qualify it by stating which leagues the "70 other schools" are in and what type of competition they faced.

Here you are ....trying to give the impression all Miami fans know nothing and we are unable to know the facts as to why a recruit makes a decision to go elsewhere.
Yu make it seem like none of us go to the HS games and watch these kids. WELL WE DO !

Good for Louisville, they got a kid who will help them. Good for Strong we are all pulling for him...but save your side-wipes.

"The nation saw it on Tuesday night, and have watched it all year." Saw what..watched what ?? Miami play a bad game ? That can be said of ever darned team that lined up this fall !

That statement alone says everything.

GB

Good luck in the country. Make sure u represent the 305 eryday ur up their. The REAL DEAL receiver that Miami needs is Willis Wright

real

regardless of why the kid is going to UL, for people to say that his grades are not up to par is very disrespectful and if the coaches at MNW are telling students records, thats a federal law.

King

Louisville John if Anderson, Powell, and Ashley were pretty good as you put it, why didn't they make a difference? Did you see their record this year? Don't underestimate this kid because the rating and the stars don't mean anything.
This is a kid(because of dumb coaching)who was given the ball about 5 times per game, yet had one of the best yards per carry in the county.When given the opportunity he made a difference at MNW.

Ruthie Harris

This is Michaelee Harris mother, the person that claims he/she received information from the coaches at MNW about my son's grades needs to give me his name. Just to set the record straight my son grades are outstanding, his score for the act test was average however he still has time to improve his test scores for the act/sat. He made a verbal commitment, that means it's not set in stones, so he can say whatever he wants to say. Also were are you people getting your information from about the UM don't want Him or he don't want to go to the U. This is what I have to say wherever my son decides to go he will be blessed as long as he keeps GOD first, the word of GOD also says he will make him the head and not the tail, he will be above only and not beneath, whatever his hands touches shall prosper and no weapon formed up against his shall prosper because he is a child of the most high and his faith is in GOD not man. The last thing I will say is if you don't know a person personally don't talk about them unless you have something good to say cause you don't know who the person belongs to(GOD). Don't compare his skills to others. You have no idea what his journey is all about only GOD knows.

nwbulls88

Tell Em Mrs. Harris!!!! i guessed yall read that!!!! In my opinion, it's a good move for Michaelee to attend Louisville, It's all about education, and the opportunity to get a lil p.t., at miami that wouldnt happen, we all know that. Hell Streeter is another player wasting his talents at miami, and thompkins, they rarely play. I still believe hankerson is no better than streeter, but yet he starts, if streeter went to fsu, he would be starting. Jacory would be a better qb, if he played with the guys he's familiar with. what has laron byrd done??? if i were streeter and thompkins, i would transfer, because at this rate, they arent gonna play. why thompkins dont get in, atleast return punts, the man was killing teams at the west. so inclosing Michalee did the right thing, and if that kid from spings go there, he would be wasting his time, too. and eduardo clements from booker t, is really wasting his time, the u is so deep at rb, it's a logjam like at wr. rethink it, clememnts, just an opinon.

Canesfan

Wow, the blog reached the kids mother and she is going to protect her baby. recruiting is brutal and cruel. those pay services for recruiting dont make it any better. some "claim" to have inside info on kids and most of it isnt true. U fans feel Miami has the right to all sflorida kids. IMO the kid made the decision thats best for him and who could fault that. Good luck Harris ball out for the birds.

Storm Debris

Rightfully so we Cane fans should expect to receive the top talent in our home town. Michaelee is a great talent with a bright future ahead of him. From the words of his mother I believe that he has a good foundation to move on in life to higher things. My personal opinion is that a team's roster should consist of a strong majority of its local talent. But College sports is long past that. I hope that the U still has a shot at Michaelee. As his mother says his commitment is not set in stone it is only verbal. In any case, I feel good that the young man is getting an opportunity to fulfill a dream and I wish him well. Go Canes!!!!

ICE T Harris

Another CryBaby from MNW. Willie Williams, Easterling, soft Marcus Forston, interception prone Jacory Harris, and mind swap Todd Chandler, proves that the West produces soft players with a poor work ethic. The kids from Booker T and Miramar are much tougher.

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