Getting offers from just about every major program in the country, Harris says it was a blessing to have that happen but it didn't change his timeline or his reasons for wanting to get his recruiting out of the way early. Preparing to visit Auburn on July 10 for his last visit before decision time, Harris says his huge list has been whittled down to just three schools as he closes in on decision day.
"Going into July 18 it's coming down to three schools, Ohio State, Auburn, and LSU," Harris says. "I'm considering Auburn very strongly and I wanted Auburn to be my last visit. That's why I had Auburn scheduled for my last visit. I won't be visiting LSU after Auburn.
"I like where the quarterback situation stands," he says about his finalists. "It's a competitive spot at each school. I think I would fit in well with any of the programs."
Having already visited both the home-state LSU Tigers and Ohio State, Harris says he's excited about his upcoming visit to see Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, and the Auburn Tigers. A big fan of the offense when Cam Newton roamed the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium and also last season when the duo was at Arkansas State, Harris says he's anxious to see more of Auburn and to get a chance to sit down with two of his favorite coaches.
"The reason I scheduled them for the last visit is that I think it would be the perfect chance to end my recruiting process by visiting Auburn," Harris says. "That's not to say I'm going to Auburn. I don't know where I'm going. I think a lot is going to ride on the Auburn visit and seeing how it is. I'm going to go back and compare LSU as well as Ohio State before coming up with a conclusion.
"I won't be disappointed from what I learn from Auburn," he adds. "I think it would be fantastic. I have been talking with Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee for the last two months. I have been getting positive feedback. I think it shows how much a coach cares about you when they basically clear their whole board, that speaks volumes about what a coach thinks about your ability. I think that's big-time and goes a long way with me."
Many have believed that LSU was the team to beat with Harris with Ohio State right there alongside them, but Harris says that's not necessarily the case. Planning all along to visit Auburn last he says there is plenty of like about the Tigers in his mind.
"I would be lying to you if I said those two programs are out in front because they're not," Harris notes. "The majority of the time when you go visit a place I understand that goes a long way, but the relationship I have built with Coach Lashlee and Coach Malzahn is big. I don't feel like they are out in front. It's a three-team race. If you could you would want to go to all three of those programs. They are fantastic programs and you really can't go wrong with either one, but to say Ohio State and LSU are in front of Auburn, I would be lying."
Now closing in on the date he set for his announcement, Harris says that fateful day when he set July 18 as the date while he was throwing the football around with his brother is close to becoming a reality. Looking forward to getting his decision out of the way so he can begin to recruit for his school, the talented quarterback says at this point he's in a no-lose situation.
"I told him that I was ready to get this recruiting process out of the way," Harris says of what he told his brother. "I didn't want it to go into my senior year. Quarterbacks that are usually in my position commit during the summer so that way during the fall they can recruit and during the summer they can recruit. They can recruit their guys and who they think would be a perfect fit for the program. If I commit to Auburn I would recruit Cameron Sims or Trey Quinn, guys in the State of Louisiana. I would recruit not only guys in Louisiana, but outside Louisiana as well.
"The reason I set that date is so that I wouldn't have to answer questions my senior year after every football game about where I was going to school," he adds. "I would rather get it out of the way because I'm graduating in December and go ahead and start recruiting."