April 17, 2013

Brandon Harris: Talking to Briles means it's legit

Brandon Harris took Art Briles' call about mid-morning Tuesday. To describe it word-for-word is unnecessary. Harris' summation provided enough.

"When you're talking to the head coach, and he's the one offering you a scholarship, that means it's legit,'' the Bossier City (LA.) Parkway quarterback said. "It's a great offer. It means a heck of a lot. I thanked them for watching my film.''

Harris admitted he had been waiting for this offer. He's closely tracked the Baylor football program's ascension since Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III arrived in 2008.

Asked to describe how he thinks he would fit into Baylor's offense, Harris simply said, "Perfect."

It's not bragging if you can do it. The three-star - expect that rating to go up -- dual threat quarterback really did as a junior. He accounted for 3,240 total offensive yards - 2,573 passing, and 667 rushing.

There are a lot of Griffin's abilities in him, Harris said Briles told him. Davis is a bit taller at 6-3. Football carries the recruitment but when Harris speaks, his confident tone is very similar to the way Griffin carried himself. Plus, there is the pursuit to never settle.

Here's why: While the 2012 numbers look great, Harris didn't complete 50 percent of his passes. When he finished at the Elite 11 camp April 6 at Valley Ranch in Irving, he described his performance as only C worthy.

"Others said I was an A,'' Harris said. "But I have a big hand, and I need to work on my touch, my release and footwork.''

Briles and Baylor have developed a reputation for being very picky on who they offer. As of now, the coaching staff will likely only take one quarterback. Only two quarterbacks that remain open in their recruitment have been offered, Harris and Randall Cunningham Jr. So that tells you they know who they want and will pursue vigorously.

However, the race is only going to get more intense. Ohio State may be close to offering following a recent discussion. He won't disclose it, but Harris is starting to rate these offers with high, medium and low interest.

Around May 20, he said he likely would announce his top five finalists. Given its determination, there's a decent chance Baylor could be in there.

"I have a dedication to be great,'' Harris said. "Every team I've spoken with hears that in my voice. I never want to stop working to be as good as I can.''

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