Monday, July 15, 2013
QB Harris closing in on his decision
By Greg Ostendorf
It’s decision week for ESPN 300 quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway). The dual-threat signal caller has narrowed his list to three schools -- Auburn, LSU and Ohio State -- and he plans to announce his commitment on Thursday.
“I haven’t made a decision,” Harris said. “I’m excited that it’s getting near the end. The recruiting process has been bittersweet, and it has been nerve-wrecking at times. I’m just very excited that it’s going to be over. I’m excited to be a quarterback for a major college football team. I want to make one coaching staff very happy.”
It’s been a long process for Harris, who first took off during the spring evaluation period. He’s since watched other schools take quarterbacks ahead of him, but it will be his turn Thursday. He’s waited patiently for his moment, and it’s finally come.
With his decision just days away, the three finalists are making their last push to land him.
“Auburn, they’ve turned it up,” Harris said. “I talk to them every single day -- same with Ohio State and LSU. I talk to all three of those programs every day. I can’t make a wrong decision with any of these programs because they’re all top-10 programs, top-15 programs. These are not just average programs. These are above-average programs.”
Auburn has turned up the heat on Harris since he visited last Thursday. It was his first trip to The Plains but what stood out more than the school itself was new head coach Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff.
“It was unbelievable,” Harris said. “The most important thing is -- I don’t care about facilities and looking at a school -- I just want to meet the coaches and sit and talk ball with the coaches. You talk to them over and over on the phone. It’s just better when you get face-to-face.
“The whole staff, they’re unbelievable people. Coach [Rhett] Lashlee is a young, intelligent guy. I think he’ll be a great head coach one day and a great offensive coordinator for Auburn this year. Coach Malzahn, you can tell the reason he won a national championship in 2010. He just knows his stuff. He knows that offense in and out. “
It was the same Malzhan offense that featured Harris’ favorite player, Cam Newton, which is an obvious appeal to the 2014 quarterback.
On Monday, Harris made another trip back to Baton Rouge, La., to work out at LSU’s camp, but outside of that, he’s just been hanging out with friends, playing basketball and video games, before his big day.
When will he know where he’s going?
“To be honest, I do not know,” Harris said. “I’ve prayed about it over and over. It may come to me tomorrow. It may come to me the next day. It may come to me Wednesday. It may come to me Thursday, the morning of. I’m just trying to take it slow, not think so much about it, enjoy being a kid and just enjoy life.”