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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Bayou QB receives most impressive offer

By Greg Ostendorf

Recruiting has steadily picked up for four-star quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), and that trend continued Monday.

Harris received an offer from Alabama, the defending national champion -- more specifically, from UA coach Nick Saban himself.

“It’s a top-10 program,” Harris said. “They’re ranked No. 1 or No. 2 every year, and Coach Saban, his resume speaks for itself. I don’t think any of us question Coach Saban’s resume. He’s a great guy. I was just shell-shocked that I was even talking to him on the phone.”

The Crimson Tide have been selective with the quarterback position in this class. And Monday’s offer came with an unusual stipulation: Unlike the other signal-callers who have been offered, Harris doesn’t have to come to camp and throw in front of the coaches.

“The key thing [Saban] told me was that I don’t have to go to a camp to show him that I can throw a ball,” he said. “He wants to get me up there, meet my dad, who’s a great role model. I want him to meet my grandma and everybody else who are big influences on me on a day-to-day basis.

“If I wanted to commit right now, I can. I think he’s got a different opinion on me.”

Harris has already met with new Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier, and later this week, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier plans to drop by his high school to see him throw. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound quarterback has been busy entertaining college coaches throughout the spring.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I’ve got the opportunity to throw in front of some of the brightest minds in college football. Every one of them liked me. The one thing they said they liked is that I have a strong arm, that I can make any throw that they look for.

“A lot of them said that I could throw better than the college quarterback they’ve got now.”

Baylor, Indiana, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M are among the schools that have been by this spring to see Harris. Still, he has no favorites -- and he won’t until he starts taking visits.

“Believe it or not, every school is recruiting me hard,” he said. “Not one school stands out yet. I won’t know until I get on campus and meet the head coaches. With all of them, I’ve just talked to them on the phone. I’ve yet to meet any one of these guys in person.”

Harris says he will make a decision about visits by the end of the spring, but after Monday’s offer Alabama definitely will be on the list.

“I will be visiting Alabama. You can quote me on that,” he said. “I will take the opportunity to get up to Tuscaloosa and visit Alabama.”