Patience Rewarded As Harris Gets Auburn Offer

A frequent visitor to Auburn, 2015 tight end Jalen Harris finally got the offer he's been waiting for on Saturday.

Montgomery, Ala.--A top tight end and a player that has been waiting for an offer from the Auburn Tigers for two years, St. James' standout Jalen Harris got his wish on Saturday following an impressive camp performance on the Plains. Working out with Coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and tight ends coach Scott Fountain, Harris said it felt good to get the news he's been waiting for.

"I sat down with Coach Malzahn, Coach Fountain, Coach Lashlee and Coach (Charlie) Harbison, they were all on-board," Harris said. "They told me that it's up to him. Coach Malzahn said that I had an offer and it was official. He was just glad I'd been patient with them. He likes my character. He said I've been working real hard and improved and developed since last year."

The hard work has definitely paid off for the 6-5, 238 Harris as he has picked up offers from Auburn, Alabama and LSU in the last month after camping with each school. Working this spring with former Auburn standout Philip Lutzenkirchen at St. James, where Jimmy Perry is the head coach, Harris said that and the relationships he's built at Auburn are just some of the things that helped him get the offer in the long run.

"Coach Lutzenkirchen is at my school now and is my position coach," Harris said. "He's been calling about me every day. Coach Perry also, all the St. James and Auburn connections. They just like the fact that I have always been up here. I think I went to almost every home game except one. I'm familiar with the university and everything. They like my character and they know I'm a good kid."

Harris catches a pass from Tyler Queen

A frequent visitor on the Plains for camps and games since his sophomore season, Harris has waited patiently for the Tigers to jump on board. Now that it has finally happened he said that the delay isn't something he's concerned with.

"Everyone takes their time with it," Harris said. "You want to make the right decision. I'm an in-state kid. I just got the chance to show them I have been working real hard. They know I work hard and that I want to be good. I wouldn't say it really hurt them that much."

Working with Auburn commitment Tyler Queen on Saturday at the camp, Harris got a feel for what life would be like as a Tiger in the coming years. Now that he's worked with the four-star signal-caller he said he's impressed by what he saw.

"It was a good experience," Harris said. "He can throw the ball. He can hum it in there. He's going to be a great quarterback. I had a chance to talk to him and get a feel for him."

Planning to make a decision sometime before the first game of his senior year, Harris said at the moment he doesn't have a leader or even a top group but hopes to narrow things down in the coming days.

"Auburn, they were at the top for me for a while," Harris noted. "It's just a great offer for me to have. I'm still going to talk to my parents about everything. I'm not trying to take forever with my decision. I'll probably go ahead and commit before school starts. I was just blessed to have an offer.

"It's a long time coming," he added. "I knew I could be one of the best and I have been working really, really hard. I'm just going to try to take my time."


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