LSU now leads for Texas DE

There appears to be a three-way battle for one of Texas' finest defensive end prospects in Chris Harrington (6-4, 240, 4.6) of St. Pius X-Houston and the LSU Tigers have made a surge to the front of the pack.

Harrington is fresh off his return from the bayou and he was still reeling from his official visit nearly 24 hours later.


"It was awesome," he said. "I had so much fun. I had a great time. I really got to know the coaches a lot better. I love coach (Mike) Haywood and coach Lance Thompson. They are awesome."


Harrington's host for the weekend was Tiger defensive end Bryce Wyatt and the two got along great. LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are the three finalists still standing but the Aggies and Sooners have some ground to make up.


"Right now LSU is my leader," said Harrington, who is rated No. 36 at his position by "I mean I am pumped. That may just be the recruiting high thing but I had a great time. I really did."


Texas A&M coaches did not waste any time in getting to Harrington upon his return and one was at his house for a visit Monday evening.


"They wanted to let me know what was going on with the change there," Harrington said. "They said they were bringing everybody with them from Alabama and what their philosophy was there. It's kind of hard for them to get in the recruiting race now."


Uncertainty surrounds the Aggies' program right now with the rebuilding job at hand. Newly acquired coach Dennis Franchione will have to make up some ground in recruiting again after taking his third head coaching job in the last four years.


"I don't like being unsure about things like that with my future," Harrington said. "I know with coach Fran's record of changing programs around that they are going to be successful. It's just how long."


That is something that he is not worried about with the LSU program.


"I feel like LSU is already there," Harrington told Tiger Rag. "They have had their time. I feel like in the next couple of years they are going to be hot."

Harrington will make his last recruiting visit this weekend when he goes to College Station to see Aggie land and then a decision could come after that.


"I'm going to see what I think after this weekend after having gone to LSU and A&M and I have already been to Oklahoma," Harrington said. "Those are my top three and I just need to find what else I need to find out before I can make a decision."


Sonny's View: I was surprised to hear how happy Harrington was about his visit even after Texas A&M's offensive line coach spent a couple of hours in his home. LSU is in good shape with this young man and I would not be surprised to hear him commit before the New Year. A&M is still a major player because of his family ties to the program so stay tuned to this story.

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