Mar. 28, 2017
Heels Land Ex-LSU QB Brandon Harris On Elite Eight Sunday
While Tar Heel fans were trying their best to control their nerves ahead of the Elite Eight game for Carolina basketball, Carolina football was hard at work hosting recruits on campus. The big man on campus(besides Luke Maye of course) was Brandon Harris. The former LSU quarterback spent the weekend on campus and on Sunday morning, told Coach Larry Fedora he was coming to Chapel Hill for his senior season. The news wasn't officially released until later in the afternoon when Harris sent out a Facebook post confirming his commitment.
Harris joins the Heels after an up and down career at LSU which saw him get benched midseason multiple times. Harris has a solid TD-INT ratio at 20-10, but has struggled with accuracy at times, with a career completion percentage of just 53.9%. Last season, Harris started the first two games of the season. He threw a costly pick in late against Wisconsin in the first game of the year, then was replaced after starting 1-4 passing in the game against Jacksonville State. Harris has some mobility, but never really put that on display in his time at Baton Rouge. The Heels offense may be better designed to use that mobility.
Harris has the potential, as witnessed by his high school career. A former 4-star out of Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, Harris was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. Harris was an Under Armour All-American, something only one other Heel can say (Tommy Hatton). As a senior, Harris threw for 3,172 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and also ran for 1,048 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a junior, his stats weren't as gaudy, but they were still rather impressive. Harris has the potential, LSU just couldn't harness it. Can Keith Heckendorf?
Harris will be on the roster come fall, but there is no guarantee he will be the starter come September 2nd. Harris will join a quarterback battle that features sophomore Nathan Elliott, who has been in the system for three years now, and redshirt freshmen Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd. If Harris is the starter vs. California, he will have worked hard to earn that start.