NEW ORLEANS — It’s been just more than a week since one of Louisiana’s premier rising junior cornerbacks opted to reopen his recruitment.
Since then, Corione Harris has made the decision not to make any more visits to college campuses this summer, with the exception being last weekend where he showed out at LSU’s annual 7-on-7 camp.
The 4-star cornerback from Landry-Walker High School (New Orleans) not only made the trek, but made his presence felt throughout the afternoon. Oh, and did do despite rocking a rather large cast on his left hand after undergoing surgery to repair a broken thumb a few days earlier.
Harris put on a show so under the watchful eyes of LSU coach Les Miles, Direct of Player Personnel Austin Thomas and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, his primary recruiter. Raymond took advantage of the opportunity to speak with both Harris and the elite corner’s mother, making one thing abundantly clear to one of the team’s top 2018 targets: the Tigers are not yet done recruiting him.
Well, Harris is not done with the in-state power either.
“I want LSU and Coach Raymond to know that my recruiting process will always consider them in it no matter what,” Harris told SEC Country. “Now they have to do their part and show me more reasons to head to Baton Rouge. I understand LSU is ‘DBU,’ but there’s more to the game. I want to become a better person and also want to learn more about the academics.”
“But there’s no doubt I’m still strongly considering the Tigers,” he added.
Harris made the decision to de-commit from LSU amid some hiccups in the communication between the 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback and the coaching staff.
That issue is expected to be sorted out — and quickly for that matter– moving forward. Raymond promised as much when he had the opportunity to speak with Harris during the 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday.
Among the key talking points was “communication and keeping a bond no matter what happens,” Harris said. “It meant a lot actually, and yes, thats mainly what he (Raymond) was saying … just to stay in touch.”
Over the past nine days, Harris has gained some clarity on the situation and his recruitment as a whole. In that span, there has been some chatter about his future at LSU and whether or not the coaching staff would try to fill his spot in the 2018 class.
That talk trickled down to Harris, which provided some motivation for the elite cornerback as he and his team made its way to campus for Saturday’s competition.
“I’m sure after I de-committed that (Raymond) was upset. He probably wanted to replace me in the class, too,” Harris explained. “But after that performance with one hand from the 7-on-7 camp, I wanted to make it tough on him and make sure that my spot would be stamped. When we first got there, the first thing on my mind was to show up and to show out. That’s all that matters. I went there for business, then to socialize. Afterward, so I wasn’t really nervous or anything at all.”
Let’s also not look past the fact that Harris blanketed every wide receiver he lined up against for the length of the afternoon.
That posed quite the challenge for the 4-star cornerback, who is currently rated as the No. 29 cornerback and the No. 11 prospect overall in Louisiana for 2018. While LSU is likely still the leader for Harris, Florida and Mississippi State are the next schools in line followed by Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
While his recruiting process might be more uncertain, the injury to his thumb may have set the stage for him to improve his game heading into his junior campaign.
“It actually has made me a better player because I actually used my feet,” explained Harris. “That’s something I never really did before having the surgery.”
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 Tiger Stadium.