News broke late Monday evening that former Louisville wide receiver Michaelee Harris is transferring to Akron. Harris was once a hot commodity coming out of high school, and was listed as a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, and ranked the 24th best receiver coming out of Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida in the 2010 class.
Injuries have prevented Harris from reaching his full potential. Harris redshirted his freshman year at Louisville due to an MCL injury. A PCL injury in winter workouts cut off Harris' spring practice for the upcoming 2011 season, but the Cardinals' fans got a glimpse of how explosive Harris could be in the 2011 season. The redshirt freshman tallied up 37 catches for 455 yards and a pair of scores in twelve games, but another injury would end his season early. Harris tore his ACL just prior to the Belk Bowl. Fall camp brought even worse news to the 6-foot-2 203 pound receiver. It was reported that Harris suffered another ACL tear and was forced to be sidelined for the 2012 season. It was his fourth knee injury in his first three years at Louisville.
Harris was able to play for Louisville in the past two seasons, but each season saw diminishing numbers. In 2013, Harris brought in 15 receptions for 195 yards and two touchdowns. The 2014 season saw Harris haul in nine catches for 113 yards and a score.
The once highly-touted prospect will hope to make his home and regain the spark he had coming out of high school, and will be able to participate in the Zips' 2015 campaign. Football fans will be pulling for Harris in hopes to see him maximize his potential. Harris will join Akron wide receiver Zach D'Orazio to help increase the Zips' 250 receiving yards per game they posted in 2014.