Decision Date Set For Harris

Big tight end Jalen Harris will choose from five schools on Tuesday night at a ceremony held at St. James School in Montgomery.

Montgomery, Ala.--Receiving offers from Auburn, Alabama and LSU in the last few weeks following impressive camp performances at each of the SEC powers, big tight end Jalen Harris from St. James School is ready to make his decision. With final five that includes those three, Miami and Vanderbilt, Harris said Tuesday night at 6 p.m. he'll make his announcement.

"All five schools are in the picture," Harris said. "When I named my top five those were the ones I'm looking at. That's just how it went about. My top five, I made that, and after that we started looking at each school seeing what they have to offer. It's not just Auburn or Alabama."

Making several visits to Auburn and Alabama the last two years, Harris has given each of his finalists a long look with help from his family. Looking at depth charts, offensive schemes, future teammates, and more, Harris said this isn't a decision he heads into lightly.

"It has just been a long, long process," Harris said. "Me and my parents have been talking about everything and me and my family have been going to all the schools trying to figure out which one would be the best for me looking through the rosters. We're looking at the tendencies they have and what they run and their offense. That's how it all came about."

Making the trip up I-85 for just about every home game at Auburn last fall, Harris is definitely very familiar with the Tigers' program, facilities and coaching staff. When you add in that he's coached by former Auburn staff member Jimmy Perry as well as Auburn standout Philip Lutzenkirchen and Harris shouldn't have any questions left about life as a Tiger.

Over the weekend he gave himself one last shot to earn an offer from Auburn when he camped with the Tigers. Getting one-on-one coaching from Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee while catching passes from Auburn commitment Tyler Queen, Harris was impressive enough to get the news he's been waiting for.

"It was real important," Harris said. "I got back up there again and they were happy that I was just patient with them. They do things a little differently than other schools do and they wanted to get another good look at me. That was fine. I was glad I made the trip."

Now with his decision date set and less than a week until he makes it public, Harris said he and his family will continue to talk it out. With certain things in mind that he's looking for, he said all that is left now is to get it done.

"I'm looking for a good fit for me both socially and academically as well as on the football field," Harris said. "All of the coaches I have talked to, all of the staffs, are great guys, great coaches and great people. That's always a plus. Just a good fit for me and a place I'm comfortable with and my parents are comfortable with as well."

Harris plans to announce on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at St. James in Montgomery.


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