Brandon Harris scouting report: Raw, talented 2014 dual threat

Brandon Harris before showing out at Dallas Elite 11 - Courtesy of Tom Hauck for Student Sports

The Louisiana product has emerged as a dual-threat quarterback with elite upside.

Name: Brandon Harris

School and hometown: Parkway High School in Bossier City, La.

Position: Dual-threat quarterback

Height and weight: 6'2 and 185 pounds

Ratings: A four-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings, Harris is the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the composite rankings by the same service and the No. 18 player in a strong Louisiana class. 247Sports has him as the no. 240 player in the nation.

Offers: Harris holds offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.

Twitter: @bharrisqb1

Highlights:

Brandon Harris Parkway High School (Division 1 QB Prospect) (via E Harris)

Scouting Report:

A relatively unknown prospect several months ago, Harris has seen his stock rise as college coaches around the country have evaluated his film and extended offers.

It's not surprising, because Harris has the raw tools that make him deserving of the No. 5 ranking nationally among 2014 dual-threat quarterbacks by 247Sports. In fact, Elite 11 coach and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer commented on the natural arm talent and raw ability of Harris after the Dallas camp.

Indeed, the natural arm strength and ability of Harris showed through at the camp, where he displayed one of the strongest arms in attendance, a result of his wrist load and wrist snap upon release. Because of that arm strength, he can fit the football into small windows.

Dilfer believes that the major limiting factor for quarterbacks is poor mechanics, and though Harris generally gets the ball to go where he wants it, he does have several areas he needs to clean up to maximize his college potential. His arm slot is rather low and he can drag his hips through his throwing motion instead of snapping them to produce even better velocity. His footwork also needs improvement, both in his drop and in consistently transferring his weight so he doesn't throw off his back foot.

As a projected spread quarterback who will use the threat of the run game to help in the passing game, Harris shows evidence of strong ball-handling ability that helps spring his high school wide receivers down the field.

In the running game, Harris is a plus athlete, though he could benefit from time in a college strength training program to help him finish runs with more power from this lower body.

All told, Harris has tremendous natural ability, including arm talent, big hands to allow him to execute pump fakes that would result in other quarterbacks losing the football, ball-handling ability, and athleticism to make off-schedule plays in the run game, as well as execute the traditional plays in the quarterback run game.

He needs some quarterback coaching, but the lack of it hasn't kept him from elevating himself to one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country and making big plays on the field in the fall.

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