One of the ten ESPN 300 prospects on the official visitor list at LSU this weekend was safety Todd Harris.
The No. 3-ranked prospect in the state of Louisiana lives just a short drive away from LSU’s campus, but the official visit weekend is always different than prior unofficial trips.
“I’ve been there a lot of times, but being able to hang out with the players more, and my parents being able to hang with everyone as well was different,” said Harris. “My dad, mom, brother and aunt all made the trip with me, so we got to spend a lot of time with the players, coaches and other parents during the visit.”
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Harris arrived with one very important question for Tigers secondary coach Corey Raymond.
“One of my biggest questions was where I was going to be playing if I go to LSU," Harris said. "Coach Raymond said I would be playing dime and safety, and that’s what I prefer."
The next part of that equation would be Harris being able to see himself breaking into a talented secondary in Baton Rouge as a freshman. While Raymond didn’t guarantee Harris a spot in the rotation, the Under Armour All-America Game defensive back can see a scenario playing out that includes playing time as a true freshman.
“Coach Raymond is known for playing young DBs. Coach Raymond said he is looking to play nine to 10 DB’s this season. If I went there, I would want to be one of the nine or 10, and I think I could be.”
Harris, who is down to LSU, Alabama and TCU with Arizona State on the outside looking in, also had the opportunity to sit down with head coach Ed Orgeron Sunday morning, along with his parents. The message was simple from the leader of the LSU program.
“He said basically every kid that grows up in La dreams of playing in Tiger Stadium, and that included him," said Harris. "He talked about playing for the state of Louisiana, something bigger than all of us. He told us he wants me, and wants me to play for the state of Louisiana.”
Next weekend, Harris will make an official visit to LSU rival Alabama. Before he makes the visit, he will have a busy week of in-home visits that includes Nick Saban scheduled on Tuesday, Arizona State Wednesday and TCU likely Thursday with LSU expected as well.
Next weekend will be all about comparing LSU and Alabama, along with he and his family continuing to learn more about the Crimson Tide.
“... I’m going to have to find who has the slight edge," Harris said. "I’m looking forward to spending time Coach Saban, the team and maybe me and my family learn something new about the university.”
As Harris’ signing day announcement on ESPNU draws near, the nation's No. 81-ranked prospect is looking to make a decision that will leave no regrets.
“Playing time is a factor as well. Will I have a real shot at getting on the field? I don’t want to have any regrets because I’m going to have good days and bad days. It’s about comfort. I don’t want to go somewhere for the wrong reasons that make the bad days miserable.”