There’s no question about it: As it pertains to Todd Harris, LSU’s stock continues to rise.
The nation’s No. 4 safety was one of a handful of elite national prospects to attend LSU’s spring practice session on Tuesday. And it went as close to perfect as it could.
Harris, a four-star safety out of Plaquemine High School (La.), spent much of the practice session absorbing the defensive backs, led by coach Corey Raymond, his primary recruiter.
The elite Louisiana prospect raved about what he saw and his budding relationship with perhaps his future positional coach.
“I saw everything and truly enjoyed myself,” Harris told SEC Country. “I mainly stayed around Coach Raymond and the defensive backs throughout the practice. I enjoyed my team there and I liked how I was able to get a good laugh during different times at the practice. I felt like I was family already.”
Laughing during football practice?
Believe it or not, that’s a major factor for Louisiana’s No. 2-rated prospect as he goes through the recruiting process.
As is his relationship with his positional coach.
After spending part of Tuesday catching up with Raymond, Harris admitted that he and LSU’s defensive backs coach have quite the bond and it is precisely what he’s looking for.
“I want a coach that’s actually going to coach you, not just holler all day long,” explained Harris, who’s currently leaning toward LSU.
“I want a coach that relates to his defensive backs well. I like how (Coach Raymond) handles his players. He isn’t the type to holler if a player makes a mistake, but corrects them in a respectful manner.”
Harris said he caught up with Raymond after practice to discuss an array of somethings, some involving football and his recruitment, and other topics as well.
Harris admitted he laughed again at the expense of Raymond, which undoubtedly is a positive sign for LSU.
“Me and Coach Raymond always have a good time when we talk,” he said. “Of course we talked about football and he kept me laughing. That’s good when the coach can get you to laugh.”
Harris’ remarks about Raymond comes a few weeks after detailing to SEC Country that he is also a fan of how coach Les Miles treats his players.
Harris was one of the marquee prospects in attendance at the LSU practice. He was joined by good friend and LSU commit Patrick Queen, as well as LSU commit Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ben Miles and five-stars Dylan Moses and JaCoby Stevens.
The environment was unique to say the least, and Harris hinted that a couple of the recruits in attendance could very well be donning the purple and gold next year.
“It was pretty amp,” Harris said. “I got to chop it up with my guy Dylan and greeted with Clyde. It felt good to hang at a practice with some guys that could be your future teammate. And of course, Patrick and I chopped it up. That’s my right hand man.”
Harris and Queen, two of Louisiana’s elite prospects, can’t help but discuss the recruiting process together, both as fellow recruits and as friends.
While Queen is already pledged to the in-state Tigers, Harris said he doesn’t place pressure on him to join him, though it certainly plays a role in the decision-making process.
“It makes the decision a little more tough knowing that a good friend wants you to join the same school as him and knowing how good it would feel to play with a good friend like Patrick,” Harris explained. “The good thing about a good friend is knowing that he’s going to support you no matter what.”