It Felt Like Home

Sensational Booker T. Washington High School cornerback Brandon Harris (5'10, 175, 4.45) took his official visit to LSU for their showdown against the Florida Gators and he gave the lowdown on his visit to the bayou.

"Where do I start," Harris said while laughing. "It was a great experience and I had a really good time.


"It was my first time being at LSU and for that matter it was my first time being in the state of Louisiana. It was a good feeling. To be honest with you it kind of felt like home. With the weather and all it kind of made me feel like I was back in Miami. I liked the atmosphere in Baton Rouge."'s # 10 ranked corner back in the country said his visit was action packed. Harris said he was able to see a little bit of everything.


"My player host was defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois," Harris informed. "It was cool because he is from the Miami area so we had some stuff in common. He was recruiting me to go there like most hosts do. At the same time he was real with me. He told me that everything might look nice and winning is good and all, but behind the scenes the team really puts in a lot of hard work. I knew where he was coming from because in life anything that is worth anything requires hard work and effort. Nothing comes easy.


"I also met some LSU alumni, I had dinner with the coaches, lunch with some professors and I even met with some academic counselors," Harris added. "I had the chance to watch some film as well. I like LSU's defensive scheme and I think I could definitely fit in with their style. I was given the grand tour. It was a complete visit."



Harris's visit to LSU was his second of the season. Earlier in the season, the stud corner made a visit to Florida. Harris claims both visits were close to even."


"LSU and Florida are very similar," he explained. "Both teams have good programs, great supporting fans and they both showed me the real side of what college football is all about. I would rank both visits high. I'd give them each the same score.


"The outcome of the game did not change anything with me either," Harris added. "Florida won last year and LSU won this year. Both teams pulled off wins at home and that is usually how football goes."


With that said, Harris says he is still far from reaching a decision.


"I plan on making all of my five official visits," Harris said. "I will then break all of them down and make my decision sometime after that. My top teams are LSU, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Rutgers. I want to give all of them a chance and I want to experience all of their recruiting angles."



Away from the recruiting scene, Harris has been busy in the classroom as well as on the gridiron.


"This is my senior year," Harris stated. "This is the fun part. I am set academically and I am a full qualifier for the next level. My team is undefeated (4-0)," Harris said. "We are ranked #2 in the state of Florida and #5 nationally according to ESPN.


"I am doing pretty good this season, but I am never satisfied with myself," Harris said. "I have a couple of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and I have also made a decent amount of tackles so far. It is hard for teams to throw the ball my way because I shut their receivers down. They seem to be throwing the ball to the other side of the field a lot this year. I guess that is what happens once you kind of make a name for yourself as being a shut-down corner."


Note: As a junior as a wide receiver, Harris made 38 catches for 705 yards and 13 TDs. Defensively, Harris made 42 tackles, four sacks, six interceptions with two interceptions returned for a touchdown, and added three kickoff returns for touchdowns. He maintained a 3.6 GPA last school year and recorded a 20 on the ACT.


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