Brandon Harris Commits to LSU: What 4-Star QB Brings to Tigers

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 18, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

LSU is starting to heat up on the 2014 recruiting trail, as the Tigers' latest commitment, Brandon Harris, has the potential to be a game-changer.

The 4-star dual-threat quarterback out of Bossier City, La. has committed to LSU, per ESPN's live commitment stream. He chose LSU over Ohio State, Auburn and Baylor, per the ESPN commitment chat/stream.

Counting Harris, LSU now has 14 commitments. This is a class that still has much potential to be great, with elite recruits such as 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, 5-star safety Tony Brown and dynamic 5-star receiver (247Sports) Speedy Noil all with interest in the Tigers, among others, according to 247Sports interest list.

However, even without those additions, LSU has put together an impressive group. 

Harris is now a huge part of it.

He's the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 7 player from Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Harris checks in at 6'2.5'', 193 pounds and runs a 4.64 40-yard dash, per 247Sports.

Harris is a ranked as a dual-threat quarterback, but don't let that fool you. He's an excellent passer. He has a strong arm and a natural throwing motion, and he'll be able to zip the ball on a line just about anywhere on the field. His throws to the sideline are accurate and he does a great job leading his receivers into a catch.

He can really put some force behind the ball when he steps into the throw. That said, Harris also displays good touch and loft on the deep ball.

Like most great dual-threat quarterbacks, he only runs when it's an absolute necessity. He's patient enough to go through his reads and rely on his arm. When the play breaks down, though, Harris has the speed and  quickness to be a dangerous runner. He runs with long strides, gets upfield quickly, has good field vision and can quickly adjust and change the running lane. 

Harris would be able to manage the game for LSU and make sure the Tigers' power football identity stays intact, but the Tigers could also consider "opening it up" and letting him make plays He could be especially efficient on the bootleg, where he'll be threat to throw or run.

Having Harris on the quarterback depth chart gives LSU a ton of options, so he's a big commitment for Les Miles and his staff to land, and now, retain. 


Note: Scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on Harris' 247Sports profile page. Star rankings courtesy of the 247Sports composite, unless otherwise noted.

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