Harris earns 'game changer' offer

Alabama has hosted some of the top prospects in the South and beyond for its initial summer camp of 2014, but Jalen Harris has been the only in-state talent to earn an offer from Nick Saban and company to this point. He breaks it down inside.

Rising-senior standout Jalen Harris showed up at the Birmingham Nike camp in late March focused and a little slim from what Scout recalled from the fall, and he said the slight transformation was the beginning of how he was set out to prove that he's more athletic than people give him credit for despite a considerable offer list.

After a solid day there and more in between March and Tuesday, when he camped at Alabama, he did just that.

Harris, a three-star tight end projection from Montgomery (Ala.) St. James, did so all day Tuesday to the point that Nick Saban personally offered him a scholarship for the class of 2015 after camping on both sides of the football.

"I talked to Coach Saban and he offered," Harris said. "He says I've matured and improved since last year, he likes me a lot. I camped at both tight end and defensive end, they (Crimson Tide coaches) like me at either spot, but tight end for the most part.

"They just wanted to see me. I've never done D-line drills before today, but they said I did great."

Despite the lack of experience in the camp or combine setting on defense, the 6-foot-4 1/2, 236-pound Harris picked up his first in-state SEC offer to add to a list that features representatives from most of the top football conferences in America.

"It's a game changer," he said of the Alabama offer. "But I'm still taking my time, for now.

"That's the team I grew up rooting for, I've always been a 'Bama fan."

The news Saban delivered wasn't completely expected by the state's top tight end prospect, despite his motive and that being the overall goal of the day, he admits.

"I was a little surprised," Harris said. "I've been working really hard though, and the coaches could tell."

Wanting to major in sports management at his school of choice, Harris hauled in 17 receptions for 281 yards for the 4-6 Trojans in 2013. He has no plans to make an early decision, though cutting his list down in the summertime is likely.


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