BATON ROUGE, La. — If Brandon Harris is going to transfer from the LSU football program, it won’t be until after spring practice.
After Harris, who started 15 games at quarterback for LSU from 2014 to 2016, lost his starting job to Danny Etling three games into the 2016 season, speculation abounded about the status of the former 4-star recruit. If he’s not going to play at LSU, then perhaps he’s going to seek playing time elsewhere.
Back in December, Harris confirmed via Twitter that he will be back at LSU for 2017. On Sunday afternoon, Harris’ former high school football coach shed a little more light on the situation in an interview with SEC Country.
David Feaster, the head coach at Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., said that Harris has no plans of transferring, at least before spring practice. A human science and education major, Harris is set to graduate in the spring and has no plans to leave LSU before that time.
Feaster also said that Harris has reacted positively to new LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, and that Harris’ “first choice” is to stay at LSU and compete for the starting job that once belonged to him.
In the two games he started last season, Harris completed 13 of his 25 pass attempts for 139 yards, connecting on 1 touchdown and surrendering 2 interceptions. In 12 games as LSU’s starter in 2015, Harris threw 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 7.8 yards per attempt.
So, if you see rumors over the next couple of weeks or months connecting Harris to a smaller school, perhaps at the FCS level, those are likely unsubstantiated. Given that Harris will be able to graduate in the spring, if he waits until the summer to transfer, he’d be able to transfer to any FBS school in the country without having to sit out a year. Per NCAA rules, an athlete who has not obtained his degree must sit out a year if he transfers within the same division, while a graduated athlete is allowed to transfer to any school he chooses without such a penalty.
And to Feaster, you should only start paying attention to the rumors once this is a possibility.
“If he’s not the starter in spring,” Feaster said, “then start listening to the rumors.”