LSU coach high on Harris

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

LSU head football coach Les Miles was in town Monday night for a home visit with Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris.

Normally, Miles and other college coaches are not allowed to make home visits to prospects from Aug. 31 through Nov. 30.

Under a new NCAA rule, Harris signed an institutional Financial Aid Agreement with LSU last Wednesday.

That means Miles and LSU assistants are now allowed to contact and visit him as often as they like. It also means LSU is bound to provide financial aid to Harris, but Harris can change his mind and sign a letter-of-intent with another school on National Signing Day the first Wednesday in February.

Harris has said repeatedly since committing to LSU last July that he won’t change his mind.

But the recruiting goes on.

Miles called Harris a “tremendous quarterback” during a brief visit with local media at the Shreveport Regional Airport before heading to visit with Harris.

“Brandon Harris will be a great quarterback and have a great career with us,” he aid.

Miles said it’s the first home visit he’s ever made in November.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Harris led the Panthers to a 9-0 regular season, the District 1-5A championship and the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A playoffs.

He completed 123 of 215 passes for 2,296 yards and 25 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 693 yards on 73 carries and scored 10 touchdowns.

He has been rated as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation by several national recruiting websites.

The Panthers face Captain Shreve Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

Harris plans to graduate from Parkway in December and enroll at LSU in January.

“He’ll be in in the spring and he’ll have an opportunity to compete and learn the offense,” Miles said.

LSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron was with Miles Monday night.

Cameron has played the lead role in recruiting Harris and will be responsible for molding him into a college quarterback.

Cameron preferred not to talk about what it will take for Harris to earn playing time in 2014.

“First, we’re going to let him finish his senior year,” Cameron said. “He’s got a big game coming up Friday night. We’re looking forward to watching him continue to play and we’ll kind of let things evolve from there. I think that’s the important thing at this point. He’s still got a lot of football left to play this season.”