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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Ohio State 2014 Spotlight: QB Harris

By Brad Bournival

Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State.

We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes.

Next on the list is Brandon Harris, who wowed Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman in a workout last week before picking up an offer three days later.

Vitals: Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) is 6-foot-2 and 186 pounds.

Status: He’s uncommitted, but is completely blowing up after the Buckeyes offered him last week. On Monday, Alabama offered the budding junior and his resume reads like a who’s who of BCS schools. ranking: While not an ESPN 150 selection, Harris isn’t that far off as he’s the fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2014. He’s ranked 12th overall in Louisiana and has more than 15 offers.

Numbers game: The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals last season for the first time since 1994 in Harris’ first year as a starter. He threw for 2,673 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 677 yards and 12 touchdowns.

State of the position: Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller still has two years left with the Buckeyes. Should he stick around and if Harris chooses the Buckeyes, he would pick up one incredible year of learning under Miller and Urban Meyer. Other than that, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett would be the other quarterbacks in the fold. Harris has indicated he wants to visit Ohio State before making his college choice this summer.

What has caught Ohio State’s eye: Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer told Harris he has the strongest arm in the country and it certainly wowed Herman. But Harris is more than just an arm as his numbers on the ground have proven. With coaching, he can become a very dangerous read-option quarterback. His quick delivery and ability to fit the ball in tight spaces make him a natural at the next level. He’s a viable run/pass threat.

What he has said about the Buckeyes: “Ohio State nation is like no other. I absolutely love the fan base. I want to make my decision by July 5, but I’ll tell you one thing, Coach Herman made a very big impression on me today.”