QB Brandon Harris Released from LSU, Eying UNC

The graduate transfer quarterback detailed his plan for deciding his next college home in an exclusive interview.

Add Brandon Harris to the list of graduate transfer quarterbacks on the market. The former starter announced on Monday that he has requested and been granted his full release from LSU. 

"Going into my final season I had a new coordinator coming in," Harris said. "At the same time, I just wanted to get a new opportunity on fresh ground and see what was out there for my final year."

As soon as the news broke, roughly a dozen schools bombarded Harris with phone calls. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder wants to keep the identity of those schools anonymous, but did admit that he has spoken to North Carolina quarterback coach Keith Heckendorf. 

"He said that they had a good quarterback leave this past season," Harris said. "Obviously, there's some mutual interest. Since their starter left, I know they have a wide open battle. They're interested in me just competing."

The past six hours alone have been a whirlwind for Harris. Thus, he's going to take a week to consider the situation. 

"Obviously, I'm new into this," Harris said. "I'm not interested in being a high school recruit anymore -- I'm interested in finding out where I want to be before this month is out. I want to start settling in to where I want to be at and start going through the process with grad school and the grad program.

"Right now, I kind of know where I want to be at. I have two final possibilities, but one really sticks out above the other."

Harris isn't ready to identify the two aforementioned "possibilities." 

Before making a final decision, Harris will take official visits. However, he doesn't want those visits to force him to miss any class time at LSU. Conveniently, he has breaks coming up: a week and a half for spring break and a week for Mardi Gras.

"I'm in a tough school schedule right now," Harris said. "And obviously education is an important part of this process."

Harris's graduation from LSU is Aug. 1, but he'll be finished with classes at the end of June. He'll be able to enroll at his new school this summer.

Being a grad transfer, Harris will be eligible to play this coming season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Harris was 10-5 as a starter for LSU. In 25 career games for the Tigers, he completed 54-percent of his passes for 2,756 yards with a 20-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also rushed for 370 yards and seven touchdowns on 97 carries in his career. 

As a true freshman in 2014, Harris battled for LSU’s starting quarterback job. He ended up appearing in nine games with one start that season.

Two games into this past season, Harris lost his starting job.

This won’t be the first time UNC has recruited Harris. As a four-star quarterback hailing from the 2014 class, the Tar Heels offered Harris, as did Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Ohio State, and Ole Miss. However, Harris never visited Chapel Hill and Caleb Henderson -- who transferred last August from UNC to Maryland -- filled UNC’s quarterback void in the class. Harris was a member of the Scout 300 and was ranked the nation’s sixth best quarterback.


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