The nation’s No. 5 safety included LSU among his top three schools earlier this month.
After a visit to Baton Rouge, La., for Junior Day over the weekend, not much has changed.
In fact, the Tigers have actually improved their standing with four-star prospect Todd Harris, who afterwards indicated that LSU has an edge right now in his recruitment.
“It went as well as I expected it go,” Harris told SEC Country. “LSU is still in front of the race.”
Harris, a 6-foot, 198-pounder out of Plaquemine High School (La.), informed SEC Country that LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State comprised his top three earlier in February.
In order for the Tigers to maintain their grasp on that No. 1 spot, Harris said that the coaches need to continue to build on the relationships they have fostered early in the process.
“They need to continue to keep one of their top recruits,” Harris said.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond all had an opportunity to meet with Harris on Saturday.
Their message was simple.
More importantly, their desire to keep Harris in The Boot was abundantly clear.
“Everyone was pretty much relaying me the same message: how great it is to be a Tiger,” Harris said. “They want (me?) to come back for a spring practice.”
“It was a blessing to speak with such great coaches and know that I’m one of their top recruits,” he added.
In addition to meeting with the coaching staff, Harris got a chance to tour LSU’s campus.
The school left a strong impression on Louisiana’s No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2017, and he is hoping to build on that feeling going forward.
“Well, I got to get a better look at the campus and talked with the coaches more,” Harris said. “We’re just building our relationship more.”
What it means: LSU clearly has a strong chance of landing one of the nation’s premier talents at safety.
More importantly, safety remains a major need for the Tigers, who signed two in the 2016 recruiting class that may see the field immediately.
Harris is being courted by the rest of the SEC, so ensuring that he does not leave Louisiana for a conference rival is equally as crucial.
Harris is strong in coverage and against the run, which is why he garners so much national attention.
The LSU coaches are doing well fostering a relationship with the four-star safety, but must ensure that they can continue to maintain this momentum for the rest of the recruiting process.
Harris would be a major get, and of course, a major loss. He is expected to make his decision at the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game, which takes place in January 2017.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite.