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Monday, May 20, 2013
Harris on display as spring games flourish

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The stage was set for Brandon Harris.

The 2014 quarterback, whose stock has risen steadily throughout the spring, had the stage to himself when his school, Bossier City, La.'s Parkway High, hosted Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior High for a spring game.

Brandon Harris
Brandon Harris, the No. 5 quarterback prospect in the nation, announced his top eight schools.
Using Twitter to share an image of a tablet notepad, he wrote: "After evaluating every great school that has recruited me, my family and I feel these are the schools we will visit this summer: Auburn, Texas, [Texas] A&M, Ole Miss, Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, LSU. Thanks for everyone's support throughout the most difficult process of my young life."

Harris previously set July 18 as the date he plans to make his announcement. He said he will attend LSU's "Bayou Picnic" recruiting day on Saturday.

Don't call him a middle schooler: There's been so much talk about 2017 super prospect Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), much of it outrage over colleges offering a kid who hasn't even made it to high school yet.

Well, we can pretty much scratch that last part now. Moses played running back and started at linebacker for "U-High" in the Cubs spring game against Zachary, La. Thursday. He'll likely play a lot on defense as a freshman, as Nick Brossette, one of Louisiana's top 2015 prospects, will likely be the Cubs' running back.

But Moses, whose offer list is headlined by LSU and Alabama, already stuck out as a dominant athlete, even in a spring game being played while he's technically still in the eighth grade.

Jones, Robinson square off: Monroe is often cited as being, pound-for-pound, Louisiana's best football town.

Evidence of that was on display Friday when West Monroe, led by ESPN 150 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, played its spring game against Monroe's Neville High, led by ESPN 150 safety Hootie Jones.

With LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa in attendance, Neville, which lost in the 2012 Class 4A title game to New Orleans Karr after beating Karr for the 4A title in 2011, scored two touchdowns to Neville's one.

In Louisiana, schools are allowed to play spring games this season after previous years in which they were only allowed to play intrasquad spring games. The format allows schools to play much of it as a controlled scrimmage then one, 15-minute period of timed play mimicking a game.

Neville and West Monroe, a perennial Class 5A power that lost to Barbe in the 2012 5A semifinals, both scored one touchdown in the scrimmage portion of the event, then Neville scored the only touchdown in the only timed period.

McDowell looks bigger: ESPN 150 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington) looked bigger and still explosive in Covington's scrimmage Friday against Destrehan, La.

Covington, playing without its injured starting quarterback, scored the only touchdown of regulation, then Destrehan, led by promising -- and huge -- 2014 quarterback prospect Donovan Isom, scored during the timed phase of the game. Destrehan also features 2014 linebacker prospect RaeJuan Marbley, who looked solid and athletic while competing against the Lions' spread-option offense.

McDowell impressed in front of LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley.

Big game this week: Scrimmages aren't over in Louisiana. Perhaps the biggest one this week is Thursday, when New Orleans Karr and New Orleans Brother Martin meet at New Orleans' Pan American Stadium.

Karr features two ESPN prospects in defensive lineman Gerald Willis III and athlete Speedy Noil, who plays quarterback for the defending Class 4A state champion Cougars. Karr also features Donnie Alexander, an LSU commit, at linebacker.

Brother Martin features another LSU commit, offensive lineman William Clapp.