DALLAS — The nation’s seventh-rated safety already has narrowed his decision down to two SEC powers. But an offer later this month could quickly shake things up.
Todd Harris, a 4-star defensive back from Plaquemine (La.) High School, has named LSU and Ole Miss as his two leading schools for the moment. That’s coming off multiple visits to the in-state Tigers in the spring and early on this summer, and a recent stop in Oxford, Miss., for the Rebels’ prospect camp.
However, the 6-foot, 180-pound, hard-hitting safety expects to land an offer from the defending national champions when he attends Alabama’s prospect camp later this month, which he expects will make for an even tighter race heading into the fall.
“Right now I’m really just favoring two schools, and that’s LSU and Ole Miss,” Harris revealed to SEC Country. “But once I get the ‘Bama offer, they’re going to hop right in no doubt.”
Whether it’s LSU, Ole Miss or Alabama, a decision may be coming sooner than anticipated.
Harris originally had intended to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game in January 2017, but has recently contemplated the notion of announcing a bit sooner. This comes in the aftermath of making several visits to the schools he’s most strongly considering, as well as the best move to ensure his future in the SEC.
“It might be pushed up,” Harris said. “I might be making my making decision sometime soon in the next few months. I’ve been talking to my parents about what will be best for me, and making sure I have a spot if I was to get hurt or something. This way, I could make sure I’d be straight with a college I’m committed to.”
LSU has long been Harris’ leading school, but Louisiana’s No. 3-rated prospect made his first visit to Ole Miss for a camp in June, which left a lasting impression with Harris.
“They’re recruiting me well,” Harris said of the Rebels. “They were the third to offer me a scholarship. It was great to get down there for the first time to check out Oxford. I’ve heard great things about it, so I had to see it for myself. I checked out the facilities and met the rest of the staff. They were very excited since I’m the top target in 2017 at the safety position. That made me feel good. They (the facilities) were second to none. The SEC is always going to have good facilities, so they all kind of compare.”
Meanwhile, Alabama area recruiter Burton Burns has been in touch with Harris quite recently and has been attempting to lure the safety and his entire family to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the camp later this month.
“Well, they’re winning national championships, so that pretty much says it all right there,” Harris laughed. “Nick Saban is a great coach, so you’re going somewhere with a great coaching staff and you’re not selling yourself short. So Alabama will be just as high as LSU is for me right now.”
As we slowly approach Harris’ decision, it seems inevitable he’ll be selecting one of the aforementioned SEC West powers. The Tigers hold an in-state advantage, while Ole Miss has made quite a push in recent months. Alabama’s recent postseason lore is also quite alluring.
So, how can LSU, Ole Miss or ‘Bama separate themselves from the pack? It may come down to simply a gut feeling.
“It’s probably going to be a factor whether my family will be able see me play every home game,” Harris explained. “But I got to do what’s best for me. I’m going to debate that, talk to my parents about what’s best for me. I’ll have to choose between LSU and Alabama, and I’ll just have to think about it.”
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.