Tight End Jalen Harris Chooses Tigers

Big tight end Jalen Harris from St. James in Montgomery made his decision public on Tuesday evening as he chose Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Montgomery, Ala.--Auburn got a great wakeup call on Tuesday with a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Tyler Carr and that continued when big tight end Jalen Harris made it a daily double for Coach Gus Malzahn by choosing the Tigers over Alabama, LSU and several other colleges at a ceremony at St. James School.

Always a physical player, the 6-5, 238 Harris has seen his recruiting take off following a successful spring practice working with former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen at St. James for former Auburn staff member Jimmy Perry. Adding offers from Auburn, Alabama and LSU all within the last month, Harris is a throwback at the tight end position because of his ability to catch the ball but also develop into an imposing blocker because of his size.

Harris and Gus Malzahn are shown at a June football camp.

Auburn got a chance to see that when Harris camped with the Tigers and worked out with quarterback Tyler Queen. Showing off his skill set earned an offer from the school that had been at the top of his list for quite a while. Getting to learn more about Auburn from his coaches also helped with the process as did his frequent visits to the Plains over the last two years.

"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."

His addition is huge for Auburn's offense moving forward with both C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse seniors in 2014. With only Chris Laye as a true tight end on the roster, Harris and fellow Tigers' commitment Chandler Cox give the Tigers two very important pieces of the puzzle in the 2015 recruiting class.


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