Auburn Trip Hits Home For 4-Star QB Harris

Four-star quarterback Brandon Harris saved his Auburn visit for last and he talks about the trip, Gus Malzahn, and much more.

Bossier City, La.--A big fan of Cam Newton, Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers since their run to the BCS National Championship in 2010, four-star quarterback Brandon Harris has had the program on his list since early in the recruiting process. Having already visited two of his other finalists in LSU and Ohio State, Harris finally made it to see Auburn on Wednesday and Thursday and notes that he left loving what he saw on the Plains.

"Auburn really stands out to me today," Harris says. "A lot was said that I liked. I feel confident walking away from there today. I wouldn't have known it until I got an opportunity to go there and see. It has been a really neat process and I'm just blessed to have it over with."

Getting to sit down with Malzahn and talk about football and life at Auburn was one of the biggest reasons for taking the visit, according to Harris. After having that opportunity the talented quarterback says that Auburn's head coach is a guy he has a lot of respect for.

"He said this is the place for me," Harris notes of what Malzahn told him. "He's not pressuring me to do anything. He's not hurrying me to do anything. You can tell he's a genuine guy. It's the right things I want to hear."

One of the reasons Harris loves Malzahn and his offense is Newton. A huge fan of the Auburn Heisman Trophy winner and current Carolina Panthers quarterback, Harris says he feels like he can have the same kind of impact on the next level because of his skill set. It is that confidence in his ability that helps make Harris a top quarterback and he's not shy about his belief in himself.

"I feel like me and him are similar," Harris says. "I'm 6-3 and he's 6-6 and he's got me beat by like 60 pounds, but I feel like we're similar. I feel like I throw the ball better than everybody in the class. I think I have the best arm in the class. I think I'm the best athletic quarterback in the class and I throw the ball more than I run it. I have a lot of confidence in myself, but I'm not arrogant at all.

"Like I told Coach Malzahn, if I said I didn't want to come to Auburn because of Jeremy Johnson and the junior college quarterback and Kiehl Frazier, if I told you I was afraid to come compete against them then don't recruit me because I'm the wrong guy. If I go there I don't want to redshirt. I don't even want to hear the word redshirt. I want to play and play right away."

A four-star prospect and the number seven quarterback in the country, according to Next, Harris has offers from just about every top program in the country. Considering Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M and several other schools before cutting his list down to three, Harris says he's excited about his upcoming announcement on July 18 and he's ready to get started recruiting for his future school.

"We're trying to go somewhere and make our own mark rather than go somewhere that has already been established," Harris says of prospects such as himself and fellow Louisianan Trey Quinn. "If we can go and fix a program that's what I look forward to doing. I want to put my own mark on an epic story. That's what I'm trying to do is tell my story from not having any offers to being one of the highest recruited quarterbacks.

"I want to be a guy that can come in a build a program up," he adds. "You may say I'm crazy, but I want my own deal. I don't want to go into a situation that is already fixed. I want to bring a program up."

That program could be Auburn. With Malzahn in place and an offense he loves, Harris is definitely looking long and hard at the Tigers as he nears his decision. Now he says its time to get it done and begin working towards his goals as a player.

"I could care less if I stay in-state," Harris says. "I'm going to make my decision based on what's going to help me and benefit me in the long run and make it to the NFL. I want to be an NFL quarterback one day. If I told you I didn't, I'd be lying to you.

"I want to to be a Top 10 pick. If I told you I didn't, I'd be lying to you. I want to win a Heisman. Those are goals that I want to do. I don't want to go there just to go there. I want to make it special.

As a junior at Parkway High he completed 152-306 passes for 2,673 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 677 yards and 12 more scores. He plans to announce his decision at 2 p.m. CDT on July 18th at Parkway.

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