Harris steady hearing from ‘Bama

Jalen Harris reports being solid to the Auburn Tigers, but it hasn’t slowed many programs from courting the Yellowhammer State’s top tight end prospect. Alabama, which hosted him for an unofficial visit over the weekend, continues its pursuit for the three-star as well.

Alabama hosted local talent for its second home game of the 2014 season on Saturday, a 52-12 win over Southern Mississippi, but it didn’t mean some big storylines weren’t worth following after the game.

Among the notable visitors committed to SEC schools, and there were a handful, tight end talent Jalen Harris was making his first stop in Tuscaloosa of the fall. The Montgomery (Ala.) St. James three-star committed to Auburn in June.

“They’re still recruiting me, that’s all,” he said of the Crimson Tide. “(Interest is) Hard to say right now. I’m not sure. But I don’t see myself anywhere but Auburn.”

The No. 14 tight end nationally on Scout.com, as one would imagine, has plenty of familiar faces at Alabama, from coaches that have long recruited him to area players now on the roster.

“The game was okay, I got to talk to the coaches and I got to talk to (tight ends) Ty (Flournoy-Smith), O.J. (Howard), Brian (Vogler) and Dion (linebacker Shaun Hamilton),” Harris said. “The coaches approached me like they always do. Just asking me questions about my family, school, football, and when I’m coming back. I don’t think their approach has changed (since committing). I like them.

“With the players, we were just talking some about football, and then just asking how they’ve been and stuff.”

Alabama isn’t the only SEC or major program still after Harris despite his verbal pledge, and while he’s still solid to AU, there isn’t a set plan for his recruitment going forward.

“I’m still taking the whole recruiting process one day at a time,” he said. “I’m still talking to California, Miami, LSU, Texas A&M and ‘Bama, that’s about it.”

On the Friday Night front, which holds more of his focus as opposed to his continued recruitment, St. James is off to a perfect start with its 2014 campaign.

“We’re 3-0 right now,” Harris said. “I’m getting the ball a little, hopefully more these next couple of weeks, but we’ve been blocking great for our running backs. As long as we win, I’m not complaining.”


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