Top 100 national prospect enjoys his visit

Todd Harris out of Plaquemine, LA., made the trek to Oxford this past weekend to take in the Ole Miss home game against Georgia. The trip went as expected.

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"The trip went well," Harris said. "My family enjoyed it as well. This was my first Ole Miss game to attend, but I've been up there several times before. It was about what I was expecting it to be like. I've heard a lot of great things about their game day atmosphere. It was everything I had been told."

Scout's No.69 overall rated player plans to be back in Oxford later this fall for a night game.

"I'm definitely coming back for another game. I want to go see them when they play at night. I love catching night games when the crowd is all fired up. I'll probably come back when they play Auburn or Mississippi State."

Harris naturally focused on the Ole Miss defensive backs during the game.

"The first thing that jumped out at me is they play a lot of young guys. I saw Deontay Anderson out there. Myles Hartsfield was out there. They are both true freshmen, and they both played a lot. On both sides of the ball they were playing a lot of freshmen. They play three defensive backs too. That gives me a better chance to get out on the field."

What stood out the most about Ole Miss during the trip?

"The fans are very supportive of their players, and the coaches are so down to earth. I have a great relationship with their coaches. They always tell me that they love my character and how I carry myself. They think I can come in there and do great things for their defense. Ole Miss is trying to win national championships. They are all about winning, but at the same time, they are trying to make you into men. Their staff does a great job of developing you as a person and a player. That's why I like Ole Miss."

The 6-foot-0, 185-pound safety attended the LSU/MSU game the week before last.

"It was a pretty short trip because I stay close to Baton Rouge. I just got in there and got out, but it's always a good time in Death Valley."

Les Miles was dismissed from LSU the day he arrived back from Oxford.

"That was pretty crazy. Coach Miles was the first coach to offer me. It was heartbreaking to see a good coach get fired. I am still kind of shocked about it. I can't believe it."

Has the LSU staff been in contact since the dismissal of Miles?

"No, not yet. I spoke to one of their freshmen defensive backs about it but that's it."

What is on tap next?

"I'm going to go check out the Alabama/Kentucky or LSU/Missouri game this weekend. The weekend after that I'm going to College Station to see the Texas A&M and Tennessee game. It's two undefeated teams squaring off. It should be a great game. And then I'll go back to Ole Miss to see them play a night game. That's pretty much it."

What will Scout's No.5 rated safety focus on while he is on those trips?

"I just want to see what comes to my heart. Can I envision myself playing for their fans and being on that campus? Can I relate to being in that area? Do I get a good feeling about it? It's a spiritual thing. You either feel it or you don't."

Todd has had LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama at the top of his wish list for a while. Are there any new schools in the picture?

"Not really. I'm just going to let it play out and focus on my team. I'll probably make my decision at the Under Armour All-American game or sometimes closer to signing day. I'm just concentrating on my team right now."

Official visits have not been set up but he knows two places he will visit.

"Right now I'll for sure visit Arizona State and Alabama."

"I've never been to Arizona State. I want a chance to go out West and check it out. Coach (John) Simon and I have a good relationship. He checks on me a lot and has come down here a couple times. They play in a passing league and being a defensive back it gives you a chance to defend the pass a lot. You get to play against quarterbacks who are going to be passing it all day every day in practices."

"When I went over to Alabama my first trip it was a great time. The fans were great. They showed me a lot of love. I like how they teach their defensive backs. I got a good vibe when I went over the first time. I want to see if I get the same kind of vibe my next trip over there."

Who is showing the most love, to this point?

"Man, they all are, to be honest. Alabama and Ole Miss are always checking up on me. So does Arizona State. They all do.

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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