Big-Time 2017 Safety Enjoys Auburn Visits

2017 four-star safety A.J. Harris discusses his trips to Auburn to check out the Tigers, what he likes about the programs, early recruiting interest and more.

Madison,Ala.--Last weekend was another opportunity for many of the top underclassmen prospects in the South to get a look at the Auburn Tigers. One of those in attendance was back for his second trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium this season, talented 2017 safety A.J. Harris from Bob Jones High School.

One of the top young players for the Patriots as they finished the season 8-3, the 6-0, 180 sophomore was on the Auburn campus for the season opener against Arkansas and was back again to see the Tigers take on Texas A&M. Also a visitor over the summer for a camp on the Plains, Harris said there is a lot to like about Auburn now that he’s gotten another look.

“It was very nice,” Harris said. “I came down this summer for a camp and I like the facilities and how the coaches get stuff done down there at Auburn. They’re telling me they want me to keep coming back and visiting.”

Already with an offer from Florida State and getting attention from many of the top programs in the country including Auburn, USC, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Georgia and Notre Dame, the early four-star prospect said the Tigers are definitely a school he wants to learn more about after getting a chance to know the coaching staff on his visits.

“Coach Gus Malzahn called me into his office after the camp,” Harris said. “I really spent time with Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison). They taught me a lot when I was down there. They are really willing to work with their players to help them get to the next level.”

A physical safety already with good ball skills, Harris finished the season with 40 tackles and five interceptions. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, but wants to become even better at that part of his game moving forward.

“This year I think I played very well,” Harris said. “I think I stepped it up a lot since last year, mentally and physically. I’m in the growing process so I’m only going to get stronger as the years progress.

“I’m just working on breaking the ball harder, securing it, and scoring more touchdowns,” he added. “That’s my main goal right now.”

In addition to his football exploits Harris also plays center field, shortstop and does some pitching for Bob Jones.


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