PLAQUEMINE, La. — Todd Harris has had plans to commit at the Under Armour All-America Game for several months. Now it’s merely 10 weeks away.
Harris, Louisiana’s top-rated defensive back in the Class of 2017, was awarded his official game jersey Tuesday in front of a large audience of family, friends, coaches and teammates.
That’s fitting, largely because the 4-star defensive back and future member of the SEC credits those around him for vaulting him to the top.
“Man, it’s a blessing,” Harris told SEC Country. “It shows all of the hard work I put in up to this point and all of the sweat, blood and tears shed on the practice field. It’s just a big honor for me. I never thought I’d be at this place. With all of the hard work and glory to God, everything came true. I’m just happy to play in this game and play for my team because they helped me get to this point.”
Harris has been keen on making his final decision Jan. 1, 2017, at the Under Armour Game. In-state power LSU has long been considered the prohibitive favorite for the elite safety, but Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M have remained heavily in the mix this fall.
When the nation’s No. 9-ranked safety received his jersey, nerves couldn’t help but pop up. After all, it brings Harris another step closer to committing and, of course, all of the baggage that comes with it … like public speaking.
“I’m starting to feel it now,” he smiled. “I was nervous last night, just running out the clock to get ready for this and the game. I’m happy to get my speech out and get my jersey. I wrote it (my speech) last night, but this was my first time reading. Thank God I did pretty well.”
LSU and Ole Miss emerged as Harris’ top two over the summer — before the Tide extended an offer in July. Texas A&M has put itself in the picture after the 6-foot, 180-pounder visited College Station, Texas, for the Aggies’ victory over Tennessee.
All four of those SEC powers likely will get an official visit from Harris in the weeks leading up to the All-America Game.
“I have some schools in mind that I’d like to go to, so over the next few weeks I’ll be paying close attention and trying to squeeze in some official visits before I commit,” Harris said, naming Alabama, A&M and Ole Miss as three schools he’s resolute on.
LSU remains in the mix for an official visit even after the 4-star safety has frequented Tiger Stadium three times this fall.
“I can get over there anytime and I’ve been over there a lot. I’ve seen everything they have to offer,” Harris explained. “But if I don’t feel like traveling or I’m tired of traveling, I’ll probably keep LSU in the mix for an official visit, too.”
4-star Plaquemine (La.) safety, a top LSU target, receives his Under Armour jersey
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