Wide Receiver from Maryland Enjoys AU Visit

Big receuver Paul Harris talks about his trip to Auburn's Junior Day and what he likes about the Tigers.

Upper Marlboro, Md.—A tall wide receiver who is gaining steam on the recruiting trail as a class of 2013 prospect after a strong junior season, Paul Harris, was on hand for Auburn's most recent junior day and said he likes the Tigers a lot after seeing them in person.

"I was just going to down to see how the facilities were," the 6-5, 206 Harris said. "I didn't know too much about the school. Me and my mom went down. We flew down to Atlanta and then went over to check out things. I liked what I had to see. They had great facilities. I could see myself playing there."

Without anything to let him know about Auburn and what to expect on the Plains, Harris said he went into his visit with an open mind to try to learn as much as possible about Gene Chizik, his staff, and the program.

"There were no expectations," Harris said. "It was just me going to see what the school was about and what made them different from other schools."

A very productive receiver with a knack for making the big play, Harris caught 28 passes for nearly 900 yards as a junior and added 13 touchdowns. Those numbers have several schools already throwing out offers with the Auburn Tigers looking strongly as well.

"I have offers from Penn State, Virginia, East Carolina, and North Carolina State," Harris said. "Auburn said I have everything they're looking for and all I have to do is come down to the one-day camp this summer. They said I would really have to stink it up to not get an offer. That's real exciting because all I have to do is do what I do best, play football."

Spending much of his time with Auburn coaches Tommy Thigpen and Trooper Taylor, Harris said he got to continue to build a relationship with them. Already very familiar with Thigpen, he said getting to know Taylor was the fun part of the day for both he and his mother.

"Coach Thigpen and Coach Trooper Taylor were the guys I talked to," Harris said. "I talk to Coach Thigpen all the time. I like him. We've got a good relationship. With Coach Troop I believe I built a strong relationship with him, both me and my mom. I think we'll keep in contact with him. I like the way we were talking."

With several options already and more likely to come for the impressive receiver, Harris said now his focus turns to learning more about the schools on his list and even more importantly learning more about the coaches he would be playing for down the road.

"It's big because if you don't have a relationship you don't know what to expect when you attend a university," Harris said. "For me, when I build a certain relationship with the coaches and my position coach, that's real big."

Also running track for his high school team, Harris reports a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.46 seconds from last year's camp at Rutgers.


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