Visit to Auburn Sparks LB's Interest In AU

Nigel Harris, a rising junior linebacker prospect, talks about his visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.--Nigel Harris, a class of 2013 prospect at outside linebacker, traveled from his hometown of Tampa to Auburn for the first time not only to attend a one-day football camp, but also to see if he could find a piece of home away from home.

"This is actually my first time out-of-state," Harris said. "I'm looking for a good environment. Since I'll be feeling homesick, I want a place that's just like home a little bit."

However, the 6-2, 210-pound junior linebacker said distance from home is not a factor in determining his college destination. "I want to find a good place," he said. "They also have to have good academics because I take that seriously. If I don't succeed in football because of something small, like an injury or anything, I can take my academics and make a big career out of it."

The Hillsborough High standout said the camp was a good learning experience that will help him improve his game. "I thought I did very well," Harris said. "The camp was fun--a lot of competition was out there. I was trying to do my best and get better."

"I learned a few things," he added. "Like in pass rushing, I learned a few tips on what to do to get past running backs, mainly running backs, but also it would help getting past the linemen to get to the quarterback."

Nigel Harris

Harris also said he got a couple pointers from defensive coordinator Ted Roof on what to do in pass coverage.

The talented junior linebacker currently holds verbal offers from Vanderbilt and UAB, but is also receiving interest from Florida, Oregon and South Florida in addition to Auburn.

Harris said he plans on coming back to Auburn and getting more familiar with the coaches. "It's satisfying right now," said Harris of his first experience in Auburn. "They've moved up in my ranks."

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