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Four-star athlete Christian Harris is high on LSU and Alabama.

The latest on top-100 ATH Christian Harris’ choice between LSU, Alabama

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That’s a popular question at the moment, Tarek.

Christian Harris, a 4-star athlete out of University (La.) Lab High School right outside of LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge, is one of the most sought-after prospects in the Class of 2019. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, he’s being courted at an array of different positions, including receiver, tight end, H-back and linebacker.

Two of the schools he has been connected to the most have been Alabama and LSU — for obvious reasons.

Harris earned an offer from Alabama first. The Crimson Tide like the big-bodied athlete as a middle linebacker, an idea that Harris has quickly opened up to. The 4-star athlete is currently leaning toward playing on the defense side of the ball, which certainly works in Alabama’s favor. Harris made a return visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend, his second trip there of the spring.

Conversely, LSU likes Harris as an athlete on the offensive side of the ball. In a string of interviews with SEC Country over the past five months, he has openly spoken glowingly about the hometown team. Sources close to Harris believe that he would be a better fit as an offensive player, but at prospect camp in June, the LSU coaching staff would gladly allow him the opportunity to work out on either side of the ball.

After garnering an offer from the Tide, Harris quickly named Alabama as his leader. LSU offered — a bit later — but since then, he has shied away from naming a top schools. That’s a tell-tale sign that the offer from the in-state team is weighing heavily on the elite prospect and that he is nowhere close to making a decision at this point.

Right now, Crystal Ball picks on 247 for Harris are split evenly between LSU and Alabama. He has made two unofficial visits out to Alabama this spring, but has also taken in a handful of spring practices in nearby Baton Rouge. He’s likely to return a few more times before he gives a commitment somewhere this summer.

To say he is trending Alabama’s way is premature at the moment. LSU is very much in the thick of it, but this decision likely will hinge on which position Harris determines is best for his future.

Harris has an older brother who played defensive end for Wake Forest and then the Seattle Seahawks. Personally, with his big frame and toughness, I believe Harris is best suited to play linebacker. He also has enough athleticism to be outstanding in coverage.

Ultimately, this position decision Harris’ choice, which will go a long way in him deciding between the Tigers and the Tide.

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