LSU keeping an eye on Harris

Episcopal defensive end Tylor Harris was on the LSU campus for the Florida game.

Episcopal athlete Tylor Harris is one of the top defensive line prospects in the state for the class of 2012, and an offseason spent traveling to college campuses brought a handful of scholarship offers his way.

"I picked up some big offers from Stanford and Arkansas this summer, which was exciting," Harris said. "Florida and Vanderbilt are starting to gain interest in me, as well."

Last weekend Harris made the drive across town to the LSU campus for an unofficial visit, where he spent time on the sidelines before the game, shared conversations with staff members and recruits and got to shake hands with coach Les Miles.

"The visit was fun," Harris said. "The LSU atmosphere is always awesome because I am from Baton Rouge and grew up around it. Standing on the sidelines was cool; just being able to see all the fans and have the national anthem played, you get a good feel for what it's like to be a Tiger.

"I also enjoyed talking to the coaches and watching LSU play."

Harris camped with the Tigers this summer, and while he was held back with a hamstring injury suffered during the Arkansas camp a week prior, the senior still got to work up-close with defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley.

Since then, the LSU staff has remained in contact with the local prep star.

"I talked to some of the coaches (at the Florida game) and they all just told me to keep working hard and that they are still keeping an eye on me," Harris said. "They seemed really happy to see me come."

What would an LSU offer mean to the Baton Rouge native?

"LSU is a big school for me because it is right here where I am from, and I am friends with people on the team and commits, so it would be a good fit," Harris said. "(2012 commitment) Kavahra Holmes is like a brother to me.

"An offer would definitely make things interesting."

In a recent interview with's Mike Coppage, Episcopal head coach Travis Bourgeois said the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Harris has been an integral piece to the Knights' 5-1 start to the 2011 season.

"Tylor Harris has been playing offensive guard and defensive end for us, and we've moved him back to tight end on offense," Bourgeois said. "He continues to be a big factor for us on defense with teams checking at the line of scrimmage and running to the opposite side.

"At tight end, he's doing a solid job of blocking on the edge, which allows us to get our backs outside for extra yardage."

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