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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Rising prospect Harris focused on HS team

By Gary Laney

ZACHARY, La. -- Brandon Harris didn't just attend the NUC Five Star Baton Rouge camp, he claimed it.

The 2014 quarterback smiled and chatted up seemingly everybody there. He looked like a leader on the field. He'd focus on the task at hand, make good throws but not take it too seriously.

"What do you think?" he'd ask passing reporters. "There are some competitive quarterbacks out here."

Brandon Harris
Bossier City, La., quarterback Brandon Harris already has seven offers, and many more could be on the way.
It was easy to see why, beyond his strong and accurate arm, people are recruiting the Bossier City (La.) Parkway product who passed for 2,673 yards and rushed for 677 more in his junior season. He's sharp, engaging and seems to possess a confident air about him that translates well to the quarterback position.

He lists seven offers so far, ranging from FCS member McNeese State to Arizona State, Arkansas, Tennessee and Houston. LSU coach Les Miles has come to Bossier City to visit him.

Other schools will have a chance as well. He's hosting 20 schools April 20, part of a process he's setting up with his father to help move the recruiting process along. North Carolina and Alabama will be among the schools they expect to attend.

"At the end of the day, whenever we take the visits in the summer and go to the camps in the summer, a better relationship with coaches will be key," he said. "At the day, I think I'll know what school I want to go to."

It's easy to see why schools would be interested. At just under 6-foot-3, he has the height and he can easily fill in his slender 185-pound frame. And he became more efficient as the year went along for a Parkway team that went 11-2 and reached the Class 5A quarterfinals, losing to eventual state finalist Barbe, a team with one of the state's best offenses.

At the NUC Five Star, he stood out against some pretty good competition, partly because of his skills, and partly because of his personality. But don't expect these camps to be his emphasis.

He talked about Parkway losing some leaders from last year's team and the pressure on him to step up as a leader. In a setting where most players are understandably focused on their individual futures, he talked about a team goal.

"It's about us (Parkway) sticking together as a family," he said. "For me, it's don't get complacent because of all these offers blowing up in the month of February and things that have happened at camp ...  "I don't want to make my schedule so busy for myself, rather than focusing on Parkway High School.

"There's a task at hand, trying to get better for Parkway. At the end of the day, you play for the name on the front of the jersey and not what appears on the back of the jersey, which is my last name."