Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Harris gets new offer, more observers
By Gary Laney
Brandon Harris must feel like he's going through a tryout camp.
The 2014 quarterback from Bossier City, La.'s Parkway High has had coaches coming by his school all week to either watch him throw individually or to watch his team practice.
The week has worked out well for him so far. After a good workout in front of a group of teams led by Ohio State on Monday, Harris said he's been seen by Texas A&M, Tennessee, Baylor, South Florida and Louisiana Tech. Those workouts have yielded a new development in his recruiting process.
"The news is I got an offer from Texas A&M to play quarterback," Harris said. "That's big news."
Playing for Kevin Sumlin's spread offense is an intriguing thought for Harris, given the success of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the offense. Harris, the No. 5-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, possesses a similar skill set, with a solid arm and a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds.
As a junior, Harris threw for 2,673 yards and rushed for 677 yards for a team that reached the quarterfinals in Louisiana's highly-competitive Class 5A.
He isn't done working out for an audience. He said he expects coaches from Alabama, TCU, Ole Miss, and possibly in-state LSU, to watch him practice on Thursday.
Harris said he will continue to work out for teams visiting campus throughout the spring. By the time Parkway is finished with spring practice May 24, he said he should narrow his list of interested schools to five. Once that's picked, he'll decide what summer camps he'll attend.
"I'm just enjoying the process," he said.
Harris said reports that he would not camp at LSU because he does not yet have an offer from the Tigers were "a little bit out of context."
He said he will put his priority with schools that give him offers, which was not a rejection of LSU's overtures given that there was plenty of time for continued evaluation and Harris wasn't picking his five finalists until later in May anyway.
Harris said he's enjoyed working out for coaches and has embraced the critiques that trickle down to him through his Parkway coaches and his father.
"I love criticism," he said. "I don't like it when people tell me what they think I want to here. I like hearing critiques because that's how you get better."