Louisiana has always been a tough state to recruit. In the 2018 class, nine of the top 14 players in the state signed with LSU. The Tigers do a great job keeping their talent in state.
In fact, Tennessee has just 3 players on their entire roster from the state. Running back Trey Coleman, defensive back Terrell Bailey, and defensive back Cheyenne Labruzza are the only Vols from Louisiana. In the 2018 class, the Vols tried hard to sign three-stars Glen Beal and Eddie Smith. They were, however, unsuccessful.
The Pelican State has always been full of talent, and Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are going to attempt to recruit their share. Monday, they offered one of the best players in the state.
Four-star athlete Christian Harris, who plays for University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, tweeted Monday afternoon that he was “blessed to receive an offer from the University of Tennessee.”
Blessed to receive an offer from The University of Tennessee!! pic.twitter.com/fK5aRwdSTJ
— Christian Harris (@Charris_36) February 26, 2018
Tennessee joins an offer list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, and several other programs.
Alabama is currently seen as the favorite, but he has also shown strong interest in Florida State. The Seminoles just offered him Tuesday, the day after Tennessee did.
Harris is currently ranked as the 210th-best player in the country and No. 11 player in the state per the 247Sports Composite rankings. The regular 247Sports rankings have him rated even higher, as they have him listed as the No. 87 player in the 2019 class and the 7th-best player in the state of Louisiana.
Harris is an electrifying talent. He primarily plays corner and receiver in high school, and that versatility pays off for him. He is a strong kid with a big frame at 6’1, 225. He is very quick, and his vertical is 35 inches.
The talented athlete has everything you could want as a coach. Harris is very physical and consistently initiates contact. He has good hands, and he can high point a football very well. He is a very raw athlete, with plenty of technical things to work on. In terms of pure football ability, however, he has been blessed.
It will be hard to get Christian Harris out of the state, as Tennessee has struggled there in the past. But with a new staff full of better recruiters, fans should be optimistic that their luck may very well change.