In the midst of a remarkable stretch of recruiting, the Texas Longhorns were able to maintain an important support staff member on Sunday, as recently-promoted Director of Recruiting Brandon Harris turned down a chance to become an assistant quarterbacks coach with the Los Angeles Rams.
SOURCE: #Texas director of recruiting Brandon Harris, who interviewed for a job with the #Rams, has opted to remain at UT. Harris has grown close to Steve Sarkisian who had promoted him from analyst, and really believes in his vision for him and for Texas.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 1, 2021
Harris confirmed the decision minutes later.
I’m genuinely grateful to be considered for other opportunities. I strongly believe in @CoachSark vision for @TexasFootball. I'm thankful for his belief in me.— B. Harris (@B6Harris) March 1, 2021
I look forward to continuing to learn & grow from him.
The news comes days after a report surfaced from Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods that Harris interviewed for the position and was a top candidate.
Texas director of recruiting Brandon Harris is the top candidate to join the L.A. Rams as an assistant QBs coach, according to my sources. Interviewed well and was offered the job. Rams are waiting for his decision. Texas is in danger of losing Harris after Bryan Carrington— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) February 25, 2021
After helping position coach Stan Drayton land Bijan Robinson in the 2020 class and Klein Cain’s Jaydon Blue in the 2022 class, Harris was promoted to the Director of Recruiting following the departure of Bryan Carrington to USC.
The recent commitment of star 2023 El Campo running back Rueben Owens was arguably the first recruiting coup for Harris in his new role.
A top-100 prospect and consensus four-star prospect ranked as the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class, Harris received national offers, including from Tom Herman Herman at Ohio State. The Bossier City (La.) Parkway product eventually chose home-state LSU, winning the role as the full-time starter as a sophomore in 2015 and throwing for 2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he struggled as a junior and only started two games.
After becoming a graduate transfer, Harris once again received interest from Herman, this time at Texas, before landing at North Carolina, starting in two games and appearing in four more.
Two years ago, the connection to Herman landed Harris a job as an assistant running backs coach for the Longhorns.
Now Harris is quickly becoming a key member of Steve Sarkisian’s support staff. If his recruiting success continue, Harris could make himself a candidate for on-field positions in the near future.