THIBODAUX, La. — Brandon Harris was a part of one of the most storied recruiting classes LSU has ever taken claim to.
Yes, the Tigers’ starting quarterback signed his letter of intent at the same time as Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, William Clapp, Jamal Adams and Malachi Dupre, among others.
As good as the 2014 class has proven to be, Harris has an equally high impression of the 2016 class that just arrived on campus.
“I’ve been impressed with a lot of them,” Harris said Friday during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University. “I’m very impressed with those guys and they’re doing a great job.”
A few freshmen in particular have caught Harris’ attention, including perhaps his future successor.
Lindsey Scott Jr., one of the final pieces of the puzzle in the Tigers’ 2016 signing class, has already proven to be a leader among the freshmen, which has led Harris to believe he possesses the tools to one day follow in his footsteps.
“Lindsey is leading that group of freshmen, and rightfully so, because he’s the quarterback of that group,” said Harris. “He’s getting them to class on time, to breakfast club in the morning … He has a different schedule than me. Lindsey has got different obligations. Lindsey is a guy that’s like a sponge — he wants to know a lot of information, and I’ve been impressed with how he’s picked up the offense. He’ll be a great quarterback in years to come at LSU.”
Another freshman is a player Harris might get an opportunity to work with during the 2016 season.
Drake Davis, one of three wide receivers LSU inked in the class, has wowed his quarterback with his blazing speed and physical stature. Somehow, someway, Harris envisions Davis contributing right away this season.
“Drake Davis is obviously a freak,” Harris laughed. “He’s 6-foot-4, a 4.3 (40) guy, who I think will help us a lot this year in different roles, whether than be on special teams, at wide receiver or anything.”
Harris also offered praise to the young core of defensive backs in the freshmen class. He had a chance to compete against Saivion Smith during spring practice, and is now getting a closer look at the likes of Kristian Fulton, Andraez Williams, Cameron Lewis and Eric Monroe.
But it was another defensive standout that Harris rained praise on when given the opportunity.
Rashard Lawrence was the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle in the 2016 class, who has impressed LSU’s signal-caller away from the field as much as he has on it.
“The defensive tackle from Neville (High School) has impressed me. He’s a leader and a great guy,” Harris said of Lawrence. “Rashard — he’s a great player. What I like about him is he’s really smart and more business-minded and understands what he has to get done, and he’s very mature for his age.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.