Louisiana QB Brandon Harris is the apple of many eyes.
No college coach likes to take an “all eggs in one basket” approach to recruiting, but that’s exactly what LSU, Ohio State, and to an extent, Auburn, are doing with QB Brandon Harris. Harris was arguably the best “dual threat” quarterback in the 2014 class but with the recent run of quarterbacks making their commitments, he may now be the top overall available quarterback. Over the past few weeks, the commitments of Kyle Allen (TAMU), Drew Barker (UK), David Cornwell (BAMA) and Jacob Park (UGA) have quickly thinned out the top end of this quarterback class. Urban Meyer, Les Miles and Gus Malzahn are aware of the situation and are all vying for the remaining diamond of 2014.
While each coach is establishing relationships with other signal callers, just in case, none of them are shy about who their number one target is. In fact, LSU has only offered one QB and told Harris that they won’t be offering another until he tells them that he doesn’t want to play at his home-state school. The 6’2″ 195 Harris has been to the LSU campus and holds the Tigers in high regard. But they’re not alone.
Harris recently visited Ohio State and said this to 247Sports about the Bucks:
“Ohio State is a fantastic program – it’s a good fit for me. They are going down to the wire. I’m very much interested in Ohio State.”
From that quote alone, one could come to the conclusion that the Buckeyes are in great shape with Harris, who accounted for over 3,300 yards and 38 total touchdowns as a junior. However, Ohio State was also in great shape with both Drew Barker and Kyle Allen, each of whom chose other schools. While it’s not fair to call Harris their third option, he is their last blue chip target at the QB position and losing out on another top-notch quarterback would sting and leave Urban and his staff scrambling.
Auburn is taking a slightly different approach, offering Kendrick Doss, who is high on the Tigers. Despite that, the consensus is that Malzahn isn’t willing to take a commitment from Doss until after July 18th, when Harris makes his decision public. Auburn is in great shape to land a visit from Harris, who is hoping to hit the road in the coming weeks. Getting the “last visit” is always a nice touch in recruiting but will it be enough?
Is it smart to put all your eggs in the basket of one quarterback? For LSU and OSU, it’s clear that Harris is the guy they want the most. That can go a long way for a 17 year old. On the other hand, he’s only going to choose one school and if it’s not Auburn, they’ll still be in good shape to land a quality “plan B.” LSU and OSU will have some work to do if they’re on the losing end of the Brandon Harris sweepstakes.
One thing is certain, on July 18, someone will feel that they played their hand perfectly.