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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Harris turns attention to recruiting for LSU

By Gary Laney

One of the reasons quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) said he committed to LSU Thursday was a desire to avoid playing against his home state's talent.

Louisiana currently features the following uncommitted offensive players near the top of the 2014 ESPN 300: No. 1 RB Leonard Fournette, No. 7 OL Cameron Robinson, No. 8 WR Speedy Noil, No. 28 WR Malachi Dupre and No. 38 WR Trey Quinn.

"If you play against them," said the No. 2 dual-threat QB, "you'll get your feelings hurt."

Malachi Dupre
Malachi Dupre is one of several top recruits from Louisiana who can expect to be recruited by recent LSU pledge Brandon Harris.
But for LSU and its most recent commit, there's still a lot of work to be done to get that talent in Baton Rouge. And Harris is wasting no time in doing his part.

"I've already started recruiting guys from when I went to the LSU camp (Monday)," Harris said. Trey Quinn and I texted for about two hours last night. I tried to persuade him. Malachi Dupre is an unbelievable receiver out of John Curtis, Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 running back in the country ... all these guys, Speedy Noil, there are several.

"I feel like we don't necessarily have to go out of state to look for talent."

Harris is already working on the skill players, but he's about to turn his attention to the one who could protect him.

"I'm going to get (Cameron Robinson's) number from (LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa) right after this, and I'm going to start calling him," Harris said.

Harris knows the potential offense he could have around him in Baton Rouge. If LSU can put Fournette at running back, Noil, Quinn and Dupre at receiver, and Robinson at left tackle, they can form the foundation of the offense -- passing, rushing, receiving and blocking, all with top-50 recruits.

But given LSU's access to talent, Harris knows that he won't necessarily be the quarterback to run the offense. He knows he's in for a battle in the spring to replace Zach Mettenberger, who will be a senior this season.

"I'm not afraid of competition," he said.

By the time he enters LSU in the spring -- Harris said he plans on enrolling early -- Penn State transfer Rob Bolden will be entering his senior year, 2012 second-stringer Stephen Rivers will be a junior and 2013 signees Anthony Jennings and Hayden Rettig (both members of the 2013 ESPN 300) will be either sophomores or redshirt freshmen.

"Every player has a different skill set," Harris said. "Me and Anthony Jennings may have similar skill sets, but there are things that separate us. He may throw this ball better, I may throw this route better. Same with Hayden Rettig and all these other guys. I may be more mobile than them.

"I don't feel like I compare to any of them ... we are all different."

Whoever wins that eventual competition will want to have the best weapons possible around weapons around him. And Harris, once the recruited, is now focused on being the recruiter of that talent.