Elite Offensive Recruits Should Follow QB Brandon Harris to LSU

By Patrick Schmidt
Brandon Harris-LSU Tigers
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The best quarterback recruit Louisiana has seen since Ryan Perriloux committed to LSU and Les Miles today when Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La. Parkway) chose the Tigers over Auburn and Ohio State.

Harris tells Sonny Shipp his reasons for choosing LSU:

“The ability to lead a program to a national championship and where I can get a good education and get to the NFL is what I’ve really looked at a lot lately … I’m going to the best program that can help me accomplish all of those goals.”

After flirting with Auburn last week when he visited the Plains, it looked like Harris may leave the Pelican State. But after Auburn received a commitment from Sean White,  it was all but official Harris would pick LSU. Harris was in Baton Rouge Monday for a camp and according to those in attendance, he looked like a player who had already committed to the program based on his interactions with other Tigers targets.

LSU is getting a player perfectly tailored in today’s game and reminds me of Robert Griffin III. He can beat the defense with his feet or his arm, but prefers to do so with his rocket right arm. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has been effusive with his praise of Harris and in May told the 6-foot-3, 200-pound four-star quarterback that he has the potential to be a first-round draft pick.

Harris becomes the 14th commitment for LSU and the second-highest ranked recruit, but with his decision to commit early, he can now shift from being recruited to doing the recruiting. He should be setting his sights on some of the state’s top wide receivers strongly considering the school.

New Orleans receivers Speedy Noil (Edna Karr), Malachi Dupree (John Curtis) and Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La. Barbe) are not only the top in-state options, but Noil and Dupree rank as the No. 1 and 3 receivers in the 247sports rankings. Imagine if LSU receives a commitment from these three dynamic pass catchers and have the cannon-armed Harris driving the ball downfield. That element has been absent from LSU for far too long.

As great as those three receivers would be, a quarterback’s best friend is a strong run game and a Harris needs protection so he can stand in the pocket and deliver a clean ball. That leads to the two biggest fish in the recruiting pond in offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La. West Monroe) and running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La. St. Augustine), who could follow Harris.

LSU will battle Alabama for Robinson and Fournette throughout fall and winter, but LSU could have gotten some momentum with today’s commitment of Harris. I predicted Harris would commit to LSU shortly after he received his offer and he made me look good; if the other aforementioned recruits follow suit, this could be the top class in the nation.

Harris has all the intangibles in the world and the physical tools that add up to a potential future first-round pick, just as Cameron envisioned when he offered him a few months ago. I’m looking at him as the lynchpin of the offensive class, and he could be the x-factor why LSU is in a BCS National Championship game or two in the very near future.

Harris is coming off a junior season when he threw for 2,673 yards and 26 touchdown, while running for 677 more yards and 12 touchdowns.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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