LSU Football: The key 2022 recruit the Tigers need to land

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LSU football is hard at work building their 2021 recruiting class, but they’re also looking to add key 2022 recruits.

LSU football has plenty of top players they’re targeting in the 2022 recruiting class, but there’s one player that I believe is a must get player for the Tigers.

2022 defensive back Denver Harris.

The Texas native is one of 10 players that debuted as a five-star recruit in Rivals‘ 2022 rankings.

Harris, 6-foot-1/180 lbs from Houston, is exactly what SEC programs look for in a cornerback. Rivals’ scouting report describes Harris as “long, speedy and technically sound”. They note that Harris is “gifted in coverage” and “makes clean plays for the ball in the air”.

Oh, and he’s also fast. Really fast.

Harris has a verified time in the 40 yard dash of 4.39 seconds.

It’s easy to see why some of the top programs in the country are chasing Harris (he has offers form Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma, among many others).

The Tigers, however, have a couple of unique connections to Harris that should aid them in their pursuit of the elite defensive back.

According to Rivals, Harris’ position coach is Theadis Reagins, who previously coached LSU defensive back Grant Delpit (who is now on his way to the NFL).

That’s not the only connection Harris has to LSU, either.

Harris plays high school football at North Shore, which is the same high school that was home to former LSU star K’Lavon Chaisson and current Tigers safety Eric Monroe.

With those connections to Harris, plus LSU’s strong reputation for developing defensive backs, there’s absolutely zero reason the Tigers shouldn’t be a massive factor in his recruitment.

Harris called LSU “DBU” earlier this month when talking to Rivals, but he also said he is “all over the place” in regards to his recruitment.

Last fall, Harris said LSU got his attention because of “the way they come out onto the field, the swag”, adding “if you look good, you play good”.

Harris told Rivals that he plans to commit after his junior season, which means LSU has a little less than a year to get him in the commit column.

While this feels like a player the Tigers should land, they’re going to have some stiff competition. Alabama and Texas are also very much in the mix. And Georgia is hoping to become a factor, too (Harris has said he plans to visit Georgia this summer).

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For now, however, there isn’t a hotter team in the country than LSU. If I had to make a prediction right now on where Harris will land, I’d roll with the Tigers.