Beacon Journal staff report
Brandon Harris of Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., the No. 48 overall recruit and No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the ESPN 300, committed to LSU on Thursday, choosing the Tigers over Ohio State, Auburn and Baylor.
Harris passed for 2,673 yards and rushed for 677 as a junior.
The Buckeyes already have a commitment from three-star quarterback recruit Stephen Collier.
Kent State running backs Dri Archer and Trayion Durham were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Thursday.
They are among 63 preseason candidates and are on the list for the second consecutive season.
The Golden Flashes are one of nine teams (Louisville, Georgia, TCU, Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU, Wisconsin and Baylor) with two running backs on the list.
The Doak Walker Award is presented each year to the nation’s top running back.
Semifinalists will be named Nov. 14 and the finalists will be named Nov. 25. The award will be presented Dec. 12.
Archer led the nation in yards per carry (9.0) in 2012. He led the Flashes with 1,429 yards on 159 carries and 16 of his 23 touchdowns were rushing.
Durham ran for 1,316 yards on 276 carries and 14 touchdowns.
• The Racers will resume their suspended June 28 game against the Chicago Bandits at 4:35 p.m. Aug. 8 at Firestone Stadium.
The game was suspended by rain after three innings and will resume in the top of the fourth with the Racers leading 6-4. The game will be followed by the regularly scheduled game between the two teams at 7:05 p.m.
• The Racers will collect new coloring books, crayons, markers, card games and similar items during their home series July 29-31 to help Akron Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.
The Akron Racers Charities encourage fans to bring donations to the games (all at 7:05 p.m.). According to the Children’s Miracle Network website, 62 children enter a network hospital every minute. Donations to these hospitals will help improve the lives of patients. Akron Children’s Hospital is one of 170 hospitals in the network.
• Racers players will make an appearance at the Akron Zoo from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 7 to sign autographs and mingle with fans.