This is a big week for Auburn as they will host two high-profile quarterbacks on Wednesday, including No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La. Parkway), who is scheduled to announce his college plans on July 18.
Normally, the last visit holds the key to a player’s looming commitment, but this could just be a case of the 6-foot-3, 198-pound dual-threat wanting to see Auburn before he makes his decision. Harris has not visited Auburn during his whirlwind spring and summer and likely is just doing his homework before he makes the biggest decision of his life to this point. His comments to Matt Scalici echo those sentiments:
“I want Auburn to be my last visit so I can have a full week to soak everything up and pray about my decision with my family.”
I applaud the way Harris and his family have handled the stressful and often chaotic world of recruiting and taking time for prayer with his family is a sign of a mature young man.
All along, I believed in-state LSU held a slight edge and would receive his commitment over Auburn and Ohio State, but currently I think Auburn is in a virtual tie with presumptive leader LSU. If Auburn can steal Harris away from LSU, this will be a major coup for Lashlee and the Tigers.
Harris will be joined on campus by 2015 recruit Tyler Queen (Kennesaw, Ga. North Cobb), who ranks as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in his class and also a Lashlee target. Queen has the Tigers out in front with North Carolina in second place for the 6-foot-2, 229-pound signal-caller. Queen made comments to Keith Niebuhr suggesting he could commit if the trip goes well.
“They seem to have the most genuine interest. They told me I’m one of their top priorities. It seems like they truly want me to be an Auburn Tiger, and that’s a real big deal for me. I’m a competitive guy, and I like to know I’m one of the top targets.”
Wednesday will be a significant trip because his whole family will be with him on the Plains. Queen passed for 2,607 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore while also running for 942 yards and 20 touchdowns. He holds offers from Alabama, Clemson and Miami among others.
Wednesday will set the tone for the future of the quarterback position for Auburn, who will also host Elite 11 MVP Sean White later in the week. Auburn looks to be turning the most important position in football from a perceived weakness into a potential strength in a matter of days.