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BREAKING NEWS: GRC's Harris bit by injury bug, could miss significant time, Poplar leaves for prep school

   | Scott Burnstein

BREAKING NEWS: GRC's Harris bit by injury bug, could miss significant time, Poplar leaves for prep school

A pair of minor bombshells hit the state’s high-school sports newswire this past week, as Grand Rapids Christian All-American football player Drake Harris suffered an injury and River Rouge basketball star Jamal Poplar left the state.

Harris, defending Division 3 state-champion Grand Rapids Christian’s mega-playmaker of a wide receiver, pulled a hamstring at his team’s preseason scrimmage on Thursday.

Considered the No. 1 player in the state on the offensive side of the pigskin, Harris (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) could miss 4-6 weeks healing, which would probably equate to half the regular-season of his senior year.

Even minus its superstar, game-changing deep threat, Grand Rapids Christian has additional high-grade talent on the field (Northwestern-bound lineman Tommy Doles comes to mind) and should still be tough to beat until Harris returns to the line-up.

Breaking the state-record with more than 2,000 yards receiving last season as a junior, he committed to the University of Michigan back in the spring. The commitment to the Wolverines came after de-committing from arch-rival Michigan State, where he had intended on playing both basketball and football.

Following leading Grand Rapids Christian into the Class A final four in basketball in March, Harris announced he was hanging up his Air Jordans and would be just c