Chad Simmons

4-star safety talks official visits, timeline

Scout100 Plaquemine safety Todd Harris talks official visits, LSU visit, The Opening and his "commitment" ceremony.

Plaquemine (La.) safety Todd Harris has had a busy summer and an interesting last week or so. The four-star safety visited a few schools, tripped to The Opening and was the center of a recruiting controversy. Now, he's focusing on a goal of a state championship.

"This summer I went to The Opening and another camp, I visited Alabama, FSU, LSU, I went to Georgia in May. I'm just focusing on my high school now and trying to win a state championship," Harris said. "Just trying to go 15-0. We've got to focus on what everything coach says. Focus on your task and everything else will play out."

Harris' coach Paul Distefano had an idea about two weeks ago to have Harris commit to his high school in a ceremony. It caused mixed reaction on social media and quickly became a national story. Harris says it was all about the team, like it always is for him.

"From my view, I thought it was a cool idea to show the team how committed I was. Some people took it wrong, but I'm not worried about that. It's motivation. With success, comes haters so I can't really dread on something like that and let it get me down otherwise I can't focus on my team. I put all that aside and it's in the past."

LSU had a lead for Harris' signature, but a visit to Alabama in late July really changed all that.

"That was an eye-opener. They treated us well - me and my parents. We're definitely going to go for an official visits and check out a game," Harris said. "Coach Saban said I'm physical, I can ball and play multiple positions. They just like how I performed at the camp. I did a little workout at the camp and they loved how I performed at the drills."

Right after Alabama, Louisiana's No. 1 safety went back to a familiar place and visited LSU. 

"Another great visit. LSU showed me a lot of love. I talked to coach Miles and things like that. Looking forward to get betting back there soon," Harris said. "Coach Les, they're in the backdoor. They like that I'm physical and they're going to come at me hard as well. I'm from Louisiana so they're trying to get me over there. LSU is at the top, but there's a chance I go somewhere else."

Harris' recruitment is wide open, but he'll take official visits to Alabama, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.) for sure, but will decide on two others later in the season. Harris thinks he has a general timeline on a decision though.

"It's pretty open for me right now. I don't have anything set in stone. I'm going to take my official visits and go off that," Harris said. "My first thought was at the All-American game in January, but I'll have to wait and see. Everything can change though."

The Sun Devils have been one of the consistent players in Harris' recruitment with running backs coach John Simon leading the way.

"Arizona State is already out there close by California. I've wanted to visit a place I've never been. Coach Simon been recruiting me pretty well and he's stuck around. He's not letting up on me and I'm going to pay them a visit and show how much I have interest in them," Harris said.

Georgia was once a leader for Harris' signature as well and a large part was former head coach Mark Richt, but with Richt now at Miami, Harris has an eye on The U. Miami would be a darkhorse in Harris' recruitment.

"I'm going to go down to Miami and talk to coach Richt. Just see what it's like down there. It's a pretty big deal down there. I'm looking for him to do big things," Harris said. "I'm just going to check it out."

Harris has a few factors for him in his decision, but overall, it's a comfort feel for him.

"My parents being able to see me play a lot, weather, relationship with the coaches and players, the campus, academic programs. All sorts of things like that. If I can find all that, it'd be the perfect school and comfortable for me."

At The Opening, Harris enjoyed putting aside recruitment for a little while and enjoyed meeting with some of the top players in the country.

"It's an experience I'll never forget. It was amazing to ball out with the guys around the nation and meet some of the guys I already know," Harris said. "If I could go back, I would. Just learning how to play against new guys and coaching tips from those coaches to add to my game. It wasn't really none of that. It was about us that weekend and having fun. We put the recruitment to the side and just had fun."

Harris is Scout's No. 67 overall prospect in the country and No. 5 overall safety.

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