Recruit pranks his commitment, pledges to his high school team over LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss
Four-star Plaquemine, La., safety prospect Todd Harris pulled quite the recruitment prank Sunday during a commitment ceremony held at his high school. After narrowing his final choices down to heavy LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss, Harris announced his commitment to… his Plaquemine high school team.
“I’m committed to Plaquemine,” Harris said during the ceremony, as he put on his high school’s hat and revealed the jersey underneath his jacket. The three SEC schools were also represented at the ceremony, each having a hat placed in front of Harris. Eventually Harris decided to spurn them all for his high school squad.
Four star safety Todd Harris is committed to his Plaquemine team! pic.twitter.com/vypiE92ygA
— RoyceWall58 (@RoyceWall58) July 31, 2016
Here’s the video of Harris revealing his choice:
— DeAndre Brown 2️⃣ (@legendarydre_) July 31, 2016
The reactions to the prank vary depending on who you ask. Some recruiting analyst seem to be quite put off by the stunt:
My mind is blown. Todd Harris didn't put on any three hats. Put on a Plaquemine hat and revealed a Plaquemine jersey. He's committed to HS.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) July 31, 2016
Todd Harris has me questioning my career choice.
— Jimmy D Smith (@JimmyDetail) July 31, 2016
@Sheadixon Is this real? So you drove over to cover a press conference where a guy committed to his high school?
— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) July 31, 2016
While others have found a new player to root for after trolling the recruiting industry:
I now have a new hero he plays HS football in Louisiana and his name is Todd Harris https://t.co/1BVYgFQg1f
— Matt Stepp (@Matt_Stepp817) July 31, 2016
:) So Todd Harris promoted his high school team,as he should,& trolled all the rest of us wanting him to commit! FUN https://t.co/nqFnwlHbA8
— CharlesFoster Malloy (@cfmalloy) July 31, 2016
Putting so much energy and attention toward the decisions of young high school players was bound to eventually lead to this type of pranking from recruits. Don’t be surprised if this becomes a normal thing from elite prospects in the world of college football recruiting.
Considering Harris is rated as a Top 100 overall prospect, a Top 10 safety and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Louisiana – according to 247Sports, stunts like these are not likely to have many schools stop recruiting them. Until they sign their letter of intent, the power in these relationships belong in the recruit’s hands, not the other way around.