Ohio State Football: Will Brandon Harris Become Second QB Commit for OSU?
With 3-star prospect Stephen Collier in the fold, Ohio State already has one quarterback committed to its 2014 recruiting class.
Brandon Harris, who was one of Ohio State's primary targets before Collier's commitment, will be announcing his college choice this Thursday. Could Harris be quarterback commit No. 2 for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes?
Harris has offers from schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas A&M, but the 4-star prospect has narrowed his list Auburn, LSU and, despite Collier's commitment, Ohio State.
Last month, Harris told ElevenWarriors.com that he knew what the Buckeyes were doing with Collier.
I knew Ohio State's thought process going into this. With my decision still being a month away and them not having a quarterback in this class, they wanted to make sure they got one, especially because a lot of them have been committing recently. I am still strongly, and I really mean strongly, considering Ohio State. This will have no impact on my decision.
Harris' other two finalists haven't secured a commitment from a quarterback yet.
According to Lyons Yellin of The Times-Picayune, Harris likes LSU, which is just three-and-a-half hours south of his home in Bossier City, La., because it consistently finishes in the Top 10. Auburn is an attractive option for Harris because of Gus Malzahn's ability to develop quarterbacks.
Ohio State, though, can offer Harris an elite program and the promise to develop his skills.
On the heels of an undefeated season, and with Meyer at the helm, the Buckeyes are poised to make a title run in 2013. Ohio State will try to get there using an offense that Harris is perfectly suited to operate—something that should work in the Buckeyes' favor.
Harris became one of the top prospects in the country after throwing for 2,673 yards and 26 touchdowns during his junior season. The speedy quarterback also ran for 677 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading Parkway High School to an 11-2 record, according to maxpreps.com.
But does Ohio State have room for Harris?
Because of the NCAA violations committed during the final stages of the Jim Tressel era, Meyer is forced to operate with a limited number of scholarships. With 14 prospects already committed, the Buckeyes only have six to eight scholarship remaining.
Can Meyer afford to use one of those scholarships on Harris when they already have a commitment from Collier?
According to Michael Chung of TheOzone.net, it's out of the question.
My sources are saying there is no chance Harris will commit to the Buckeyes, and the OSU coaching staff is 100% behind Stephen Collier. When July 18th roles around, look for Harris to be a Tiger for either LSU or Auburn.
Of course, when it comes to recruiting, nothing is final until the prospect makes his decision.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, it doesn't look like they'll have room for Harris.
All recruit rankings and stats per 247sports.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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