The decision to transfer by former LSU Tigers quarterback Stephen Rivers removes one candidate from the starting quarterback competition to succeed Zach Mettenberger and true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris is already getting the “next Johnny Manziel” tag according to Al.com.
“Sophomore Anthony Jennings already leapfrogged some older guys on LSU’s depth chart, passing Penn State transfer Rob Bolden and redshirt sophomore Stephen Rivers to become Zach Mettenberger’s 2013 backup and the starter in the Outback Bowl when Mettenberger was hurt.”
“As LSU looks for Mettenberger’s replacement, Harris will be a threat to do the same to Jennings. The true freshman, rated the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the 2014 class by ESPN, enrolled for the spring and comes in with a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail. He was one of the fastest risers in the ESPN 300 late in the recruiting process and drew raves for his throwing ability.”
Harris has what many in Louisiana consider to be the best arm to come out of the state since Ryan Perilloux nearly a decade ago. The former Parkway prep standout and Bossier City native is already enrolled in classes and therefore will be able to participate in spring practice next month and get a head start on digesting Cam Cameron’s playbook.
The Under Armour All-American likely will initially share reps with Jennings who started the Outback Bowl to see who shows a firmer grasp of the playbook and develops chemistry with a group of young receivers that figures to include five-star recruit Malachi Dupre vying for a starting position.
Maybe the ‘next Johnny Manziel’ talk is a bit premature, but the promise is there for Harris to provide a similar level of excitement that Manziel did during his two-year run as the Texas A&M Aggies quarterback. Hopefully Harris, whenever his time comes, can take his team where Manziel could not, and get to the SEC Championship Game.
Harris threw for 3,518 yards and 37 touchdowns and ran for 1,153 yards and 17 more scores as his team fell in the state championship game.