LSU's 2014 QB recruiting took a major turn Wednesday when the staff extended an offer to in-state prospect Brandon Harris.
Harris blew away Coach Cam Cameron after the new offensive coordinator got to see him throw in-person for the first time. Hours later, Les Miles called Harris to extend him an offer and encouraged him to commit to LSU's class.
It's become evident that Harris has shot up LSU's QB big board, and is the new top target for the 2014 class. But what about Mason Rudolph and DeShone Kizer?
Those two out-of-state prospects had received plenty of attention from the LSU staff over the last couple months, and Cameron even made a trip to see each one in-person last week. But now that Harris is priority No. 1, does that mean all the eggs are in his basket?
No it doesn't. After speaking with a source last night about the quarterback situation, the staff doesn't seem opposed to taking two quarterbacks again in this class. With three highly-ranked quarterbacks apparently eager for a chance with LSU, the coaches want to take full advantage of that opportunity.
If that means taking two in this class, then that could be the best option. Obviously this will depend on whether the numbers will allow it, and if the staff feels comfortable it can address needs at other positions.
That will become clearer over the next couple months, but for now, the staff is courting all three quarterbacks with hopes of landing two.
Below, I rundown where LSU stands with all three QBs and their decision timeline:
Brandon Harris – Bossier City, La. – No. 23 QB – 6-foot-3, 195 pounds
(For a full update on Harris and his recruitment, read the report following his LSU offer HERE)
Before yesterday, it didn't seem like Harris had a chance to get into LSU's class. The word was that he'd have to absolutely blow away Coach Cameron in order to get an offer.
And that's what he did.
Harris has shot to the top of LSU's big board, and the Tigers are one of seven schools still in the running for Harris' commitment. Harris said Wednesday that the LSU coaches did encourage him to commit, but he told them he still wanted to visit those schools before making a decision. He didn't say which schools made the cut, but LSU is definitely one of them.
Expect Harris to visit LSU again at the end of the month for the Bayou Picnic on May 25. That big recruiting event will give Harris an opportunity to sit down with Coach Cameron and dissect how he'll fit into his offensive system. If things check out there, I'd expect LSU to remain a major contender for his commitment, which he will announce on July 18.
Mason Rudolph – Rock Hill, S.C. – No. 40 QB – 6-foot-4, 195 pounds
Before Harris took the world by fire, Rudolph was the top priority for LSU. Rudolph received a LSU offer early in his junior year, when Steve Kragthorpe was still in charge. Coach Cameron picked up the baton and maintained interest in Rudolph.
Rudolph visited LSU earlier this spring, and came away impressed by how much attention the staff showed him on his trip, as well as how he'd fit into their system. At that point, LSU moved to the top of his list. Oklahoma State is still in the picture, as is Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Louisville, but all four of those schools are looking up at LSU.
Rudolph recently said that he's currently focused on spring practice, which concludes on May 21. At that point he'll turn his attention back to his recruitment, and possibly make a couple more visits. He doesn't know for sure what his plans are but he intends to make a commitment by the end of June or early July.
DeShone Kizer – Toledo, Ohio – No. 13 QB – 6-foot-5, 205 pounds
Kizer was the first QB offered by Coach Cameron once he became LSU's OC. An athletic passer, Kizer still has some room to develop as a thrower, but Cameron really likes the skillset Kizer would bring to the position.
Cameron went up to Ohio last week to spend some time with Kizer, even driving an hour from his high school to watch him play baseball. Kizer was very impressed by that meeting with Coach Cameron, and after that visit, it appeared LSU was on top for this four-star prospect.
Kizer has narrowed it down to six schools — LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Notre Dame (no offer) and Ohio State (no offer). He plans to visit LSU later this spring, likely by the end of May, which would be his first time on the Baton Rouge campus. Following that trip, we'll know whether LSU has separated itself from the pack. Kizer plans to make a summer decision, likely by the end of June.
How should LSU handle the QB situation in 2014?
Where They Stand: The Quarterbacks
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