Varsity Preps

Elite 2014 QB Brandon Harris of Parkway High Speaks with Varsity Preps

2014 QB Brandon Harris (6’3, 188, 4.53) of Parkway HS in Louisiana owns offers from McNeese St., Houston, Louisiana Tech, Arizona St., Arkansas, and Nebraska. “I’m in contact with each school every week. Every school has been supportive of me and I’ll consider each one.”

Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Louisiana Lafayette are actively recruiting him.

Harris told Varsity Preps he’s keeping his college options open. “I don’t have any favorites and any school that offers me, I’ll consider attending their school. Honestly, I’m looking for the best opportunity for me to play football and get my degree.”

Relationships will be the determining factor for him when choosing a program. “It’s important that not only myself, but my dad have a good relationship with the staff I play for. Every school asks me on a regular basis how my family is doing and that means a lot.”

Parkway’s junior signal-caller isn’t looking for a specific scheme on the next level. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I can hurt defenses with my legs, but if my coaches call a passing play, I’m looking to get the ball into the hands of my receivers,” Harris said.

 

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The promise of early playing time won’t affect his decision making, either. “When I enter the program I choose, my job is to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can. A few schools have thrown out that promise of playing as a true freshman, but ultimately it won’t be a big part of my decision making.”

Harris feels his arm strength and deep ball are his strengths. “I can place the ball well outside the numbers and make good reads. I’m working on my footwork, using my lower half more when I throw the football, and my overall quickness.”

The quarterback touches the ball on just about every single offensive snap, but Harris feels above all the possible physical attributes, that leadership is the most important quality to possess as a quarterback. “I don’t think a quarterback necessarily needs to be a rah-rah guy or even be that vocal. I think if a QB leads by example, does the things he needs to do, then the coaches trust that guy more, the players trust him more. I also feel that you need to treat everyone on the team the same,” he said.

“I also think it’s important to teach and mentor the freshmen and the guy behind me. When I graduate and leave, I want the next man up to be as good or better than me. As an alum, I want to see the program keep rolling.”

Parkway’s talented quarterback is taking his time with the recruiting process and doesn’t have a firm timetable to make a verbal commitment. “That’s a good question and one I don’t have an answer for, but maybe before the season starts because I don’t want it to be a distraction,” he said. “I do want to take more visits and get to know the coaches recruiting me better.”

Graduating in December and competing in spring practice is a possibility. “It really depends on the situation I’m walking into. There are pros and cons about graduating early, but I’m sure every college coach would encourage it, and it helps if you’re needed to play right away. But for me, it’s still up for debate.”

— Michael Bradley

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