Among the best players in LSU's recruiting class is 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris. It's said that the most important player in any class is the quarterback of the group, so that should give you an idea of just how valuable Harris is to the Tigers.
Harris possesses a great skill set, including one dominant and impressive trait. He'll come to Baton Rouge looking to get on the field as early as possible, but Harris is also patient.
He warrants a closer look as a prospect.
Harris is a talented quarterback prospect from Bossier City in Louisiana who attends Parkway High School.
He committed to LSU in July of 2013 over offers from schools such as Alabama and Auburn, per 247Sports.
Harris was named 1st Team Class 5A All-State, plus he played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game. He's No. 81 in the 247Sports composite rankings, No. 128 in the Rivals 250 and No. 130 in the Scout 300.
At 6'2.5" and 193 pounds, Harris has a long frame that should be able to add more mass and bulk at LSU. He has quick feet, evidenced by his ability to get to his launching point in a flash during his drops.
Harris does an adequate job of keeping his eyes downfield during the play, which is why he has no problem making throws with defenders in his face. He's an explosive athlete who has a knack for executing fakes, plus he can explode out of the pocket due to his sudden movement skills when traffic gets heavy.
Harris has the mobility to be used on roll-outs, sprints and bootlegs, as he can make good throws on the run. He appears to have a quick release, but his arm strength is his best trait.
Harris has a cannon that can attack all levels of the field with ease. The Louisiana native can spin the ball well on intermediate throws, plus he can fire strikes into tight windows. His accuracy is at his best when his feet are set, but Harris is capable of consistently getting the ball to his targets on various platforms.
His athleticism and above-average speed for a quarterback also make him a dangerous runner.
Harris will need to add more girth in college to withstand the punishment of contact he'll receive from time to time.
He also needs to polish and refine his fundamentals and footwork. Making sure he sets up balanced and with his feet underneath him, transferring his weight consistently through his hips and cleanly following through are things Harris needs to physically improve.
Mentally, he must get better at going through his reads and progressions. It would also help him to get more patient in the pocket and play with more anticipation when throwing.
Here's a video clip of a couple highlights of Harris that was put together for the Full Ride video series. The clip also compares Harris to a popular NFL quarterback.
This is a highlight reel of Harris' senior season at Parkway High School in Louisiana. It is nearly 15 minutes long, but it's worth watching.
The ball explodes out of Harris' hand on most throws, plus his vision seems to work best from the shotgun. He's a tough quarterback who is willing to take a hit to complete a pass.
With Zach Mettenberger gone, the quarterback position is open at LSU. The Tigers do have a solid stable of arms waiting in the wings, but Harris could have an outside chance to make things interesting when he arrives.
Even if it's not as a freshman, Harris' presence will be felt in Baton Rouge. Once he cleans up some of his mechanical flaws, Harris' arm strength and athleticism will get him on the field.
He'll go down as one of the better quarterbacks LSU has ever had.
Harris is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!