Ohio State QB Target Brandon Harris Dazzles at Columbus Elite 11

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.

The last of six regional Elite 11 camps took place in Columbus last Saturday, and a number of top quarterback prospects made their way to the Ohio State campus to learn, compete and possibly earn a coveted ticket to the Elite 11 Finals to be held in Oregon later this month.

Strong winds created an unexpected challenge for the quarterbacks, but 4-star prospects Caleb Henderson, Drew Barker and DeShone Kizer impressed despite the less-than-ideal throwing conditions.

Few prospects, though, stood out more than Ohio State target and 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris.

Harris, ranked the nation's top dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.com, proved that he's more than just an athlete playing quarterback by showing off a strong arm during passing drills. His accuracy, fluidity and ability to throw on the run was on full display, and according to recruiting expert JC Shurburtt, Harris was the most impressive prospect in the camp.

If there was a most impressive single prospect at the event, it had to be Harris. The way he glides around when throwing on the run, combined with a quick release and strong arm shows you why 247Sports ranks him as the top dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 class. 

The Elite 11 camp puts together a series of rapid-fire challenges for its participants, resulting in a pressure-cooker environment that tests not only a quarterback's skill set, but his mental will as well.

Harris stole the show, zipping the ball accurately through a tough wind to his receivers. Mark Ennis, who covered the event for SBNation.com, was nearly hypnotized by the 4-star quarterback:

Having to fight the urge to only watch Brandon Harris.

— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) June 1, 2013

Harris became one of the most sought-after recruits in the country after throwing for 2,673 yards and 26 passing touchdowns last year. The speedy quarterback also piled up 677 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, completing a campaign that earned him national attention on the recruiting front.

That attention resulted in offers from some of the top programs in the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Fortunately for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, Harris' participation in the Elite 11 camp created a perfect opportunity to showcase the Ohio State campus. 

By all accounts, Harris had a fantastic time on his unofficial visit. Between snapping pictures with Archie Griffin, Braxton Miller and Meyer, Harris soaked in everything Ohio State had to offer, including its enormous football stadium:

This is ridiculous how big osu stadium is 😍😍

— B.Harris (@bharrisqb1) May 31, 2013

But as Harris' visit came to a close, it was his time to shine. The talented quarterback put on a masterful performance in Columbus last Saturday, and if things work out for Meyer and the Buckeyes, that's something Ohio State fans could be saying routinely over the next four to five years.


All recruit rankings per 247sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.