It turns out, the fake announcement that took the Twitter-verse by storm wasn’t Todd Harris’ idea at all.
Harris’ high school head coach, Paul Distefano, told SEC Country he was the mastermind behind the whole faux pas.
Plaquemine (La.) High School kicks off its version of training camp on Monday. In an effort to motivate the players and demonstrate the team-first attitude, the coach asked his star player to — well — lead by example.
“It was my idea,” Distefano told SEC Country on Sunday night. “You know, we’re starting off camp, and I just wanted everyone to buy in.”
Harris publicized that he would announce his commitment at 5 p.m. CT at the high school. Distefano posted to Twitter the dressed-up table with three hats — one for LSU, one for Alabama and one for Ole Miss — laid out accordingly.
After about 30 minutes of waiting, Harris put on a Plaquemine cap and unveiled his home jersey. In doing so, the 4-star safety reminded all those that tune into recruiting that it still can be fun.
— paul b distefano (@paulbdistefano) July 31, 2016
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.