"Honestly, I lost contact with Ole Miss for a couple weeks," Harris said. "I left to Orlando (for the Under Armour game), and I hadn't heard from them in a while. I didn't know what was going on. I thought they went in another direction so I went ahead and filled in their visit with TCU."
The two coaches for Ole Miss who were responsible for recruiting the nation's No. 113 overall player, Corey Batoon and Grant Heard, took coaching positions at Indiana and FAU. Harris was not aware of that until recently.
"Coaches Batoon and Heard were recruiting me. They hadn't called in a minute. That's why I started questioning it. Coach Freeze called me while I was down there in Orlando and told me that coaches Heard and Batoon had left. I was like, wow. He explained what was going on and told me about their new safety/defensive coordinator coach (Wesley McGriff). Coach Freeze told me that LSU's linebacker coach had joined their staff as well. Coaches Peveto and McGriff started getting in communication with me right after that. They are coming over to my house tomorrow before I leave on my LSU visit. I'm going to see what they have to say."
Todd has visits lined up with LSU (1/14), Alabama (1/21) and TCU (1/28). Is there room for an Ole Miss visit?
"My recruitment is all about my relationship with the coaches. I was close with coaches Batoon and Heard. Before the coaching changes Ole Miss was most definitely way up there. I mean way up there, but now I have to see what my relationship is going to be like with their new coaches. Friday I'll get a better feel for them. I bumped into coach Peveto a few times on my LSU visits, but he wasn't the one recruiting me. I've heard great things about coach McGriff but Auburn never recruited me. Now I'll have a chance to see how it goes with them Friday. I'll go from there. I still might visit Ole Miss. It just all depends on how my visit with their coaches go."
The newly hired Ole Miss coaches will have to put on their best sales pitch during the home visit to get the prior planned official visit back on the docket for the Rebels.
"I'm just going to see what they have to say. My mom wants to see how they are too. It's coming to the end. I guess this is the last chance to see if I'm going to go visit Ole Miss or not. I want to see what kind of defense they will have in 2017. I want to see if they have plans for me to be a big factor for their defense. I've always liked Ole Miss a lot. It's just a matter if their plans fit what I'm looking for."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org