Plaquemine (Louisiana) defensive back Todd Harris will make his first-ever trip to Arizona this weekend to officially visit Arizona State.
Harris, a 6-foot-0, 185 pound four-star prospect, is the No. 113 overall recruit and No. 9 safety in the country. He has a large list of prominent suitors, but the Sun Devils continue to intrigue him. He felt like he had to see the school in person for himself.
"I'm hoping I go up there and enjoy my time at Arizona State and get a better feel for the place and see some things I've never seen," Harris said. "I'd like to get an idea of what it's like out there. You know, I've been to all these SEC schools and want to explore my options.
"I'm expecting it to be nice weather, a very busy place, a lot of people, a lot of stuff going on, a big campus. It's different than Louisiana, seeing new things and a different part of the world. I'm really excited about this visit. Like I can't wait to catch my flight and get out there to see what it's like. I want to meet the rest of the staff, tour the campus and check out the academic part of the school. Then I want to see how the players are because the players dictate what it's like in the program and what the team is like."
Earlier this week Harris and his family hosted ASU assistant coaches T.J. Rushing and John Simon. They ate Louisiana cuisine and continued to build the trust that ultimately will have a big impact on what Harris elects to do. He's grown very fond of Rushing, who would be his position coach at ASU.
"They were here for two hours," Harris said. "Coach Rushing portrayed himself how he normally acts on a daily basis. That's something that stood out to me. Just his attitude and how he goes about things. He has a great character. I can see myself being coached by a coach like that. He has really, really good character. He seems very, very truthful. I think he's a man to his word."
According to Harris, Rushing told him that there's potential to play any of the defensive back positions at ASU because of the way the team trains and develops players to be multi-faceted. One of the things he likes most about the potential at ASU is how pass-oriented the Pac-12 is and the way that helps shape development of defensive backs.
"Man, it's not too bad to be different," Harris said. "Every college puts players in the league. It's basically how comfortable I am. Do I like how that coach handles his players? Everything goes into it in the end. Playing time, coaching, school, social part of it.
"They have so many guys in the league from the Pac-12 because the cornerbacks are going against top receivers every day in practice. Everyone is throwing the ball real well. By the time you get to game week, you've seen it because your own team has really good receivers. You are going to face great passing quarterbacks and wide receivers all year round and on your own team."
This is just the first official visit for Harris, who also has trips set to Alabama (Jan. 20) and Ole Miss (Jan. 27). Harris is also seriously considering hometown LSU as well as Indiana, Tennessee, TCU and South Carolina. A decision is expected to come near National Signing Day, which is on Feb. 1.