Brandon Harris has maintained for months that July 18, 2013 was the day he would announce his commitment.
Brandon Harris is now an LSU Tiger
That day finally arrived on Thursday and the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Harris gave LSU fans a lot to rejoice about.
“There were a lot of things that pushed LSU over the top,” said Harris, who is ranked No. 86 overall in the country in the 247Composite and No. 99 by 247Sports. “The opportunity to compete and play right away is there. Coach (Cam) Cameron and Coach (Les) Miles were great throughout all of this and were huge factors.
“They told me they wanted to recruit me to come in and compete right away, and that’s what I wanted to hear. I’m going to enjoy my last semester of high school then come January I’ll be in Baton Rouge working my tail off.”
Harris is a huge addition to LSU’s 2014 class as he is the third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the land according to 247Sports and the 247Composite. The last time LSU signed an in-state quarterback that highly regarded was in 2005 when Ryan Perrilloux was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 247Composite.
Harris made unofficial visits to all three of his finalists that also included Auburn and Ohio State. His final visit was on Monday when he attended LSU’s camp and spent the day in Baton Rouge around some of the country’s best receivers in Speedy Noil, Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn, Tyron Johnson, and others.
That final trip to Baton Rouge also gave Harris more time to bond with Cameron.
“Coach Cameron and Coach Miles let me know early on I was their guy,” Harris said. “Once Coach Cameron got to LSU we hit it off great from the start. Our personalities match and he’s a guy like me that likes to throw it vertically down the field. He likes to sling it during a game and I think we just click. I can’t wait to play for him and Coach Miles.”
Harris has been adamant about having a chance to win a national championship as one of the main factors he was looking at. He said the supporting cast he would have at LSU with what is already on the roster, combined with what could be coming down the pipeline in the 2014 class, would help him and the Tigers reach that ultimate goal.
“When you get the opportunity to play with the type of athletes LSU has then to see the caliber of players they are recruiting in my class, that’s not something everyone gets,” said Harris. “That was also a huge part of my decision.”
And when Harris thought of winning championships on the college level he said why not bring them to Louisiana?
“Being able to play in Louisiana where I grew up and have so many family and friends is a great feeling,” he said. “You see all of these guys go into the Louisiana Hall of Fame for what they did in their home state. I want to be part of something special like that one day. If I’m blessed to have those opportunities it would be great to be able to represent my home state.”
Now that Harris has his decision out of the way he will shift his focus towards helping Parkway reach its goal of winning a state championship. He will also make some time to help his future team out on the recruiting trail with the hopes of bringing in more special players like the Tigers reeled in on Thursday.
“A lot of guys have reached out to me and we’ve talked about what we could build with this class,” said Harris, who accounted for more than 3,300 yards of offense as a junior with 38 touchdowns. “I’m just excited to be a part of something that can be so special, and I’m going to do my part to help make it even more special.”