Young Tight End Checks Out the Tigers

Football prospect Jalen Harris of St. James School talks about his visit to meet with Auburn's coaches.

Montgomery, Ala.--Jalen Harris is a young tight end prospect and a big one.

A 16-year-old sophomore at St. James in Montgomery, Harris took a visit to the Auburn campus on Saturday to tour the campus and meet with AU head coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and tight ends coach Scott Fountain.

"We talked mostly about what my fit would be if I came to Auburn," said Harris, who noted that he enjoyed his visit. "We talked about how they would get me the ball and what type of plays they would run with me."

Harris also plays defensive end and basketball at St. James, but notes his goal is to be a tight end as a collegian.

Harris pointed out that he really likes football at St. James for Coach Jimmy Perry's team. "I love playing for Coach Perry," Harris said. "He is a great coach and a greater man. I also like playing for Coach (Spence) McCracken. They coach me real hard and get the best out of me."

McCracken, a retired head coach who had major success at Lee of Montgomery and Opelika High, is helping coach at St. James on a part-time basis. "Coach McCracken in my defensive end coach and helps us in the weight room," Harris noted. "He is a great influence on everybody there."

Harris said he is looking forward to the 2013 season. "We should have a real good team this year," he noted. "We were real young last year, but we should make a real good push in the playoffs this year."

Harris has also made campus visits to Alabama and Georgia Tech and would like to visit other SEC schools as well as FSU in the ACC.

His older brother, Marcus, played football on a strong team at Jeff Davis in Montgomery and in college at Savannah State.


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