Harris Excited About Future On The Plains

Tight end Jalen Harris talks about signing with Auburn.

Montgomery, Ala.--A longtime Auburn commitment, big tight end Jalen Harris from St. James made it official on Wednesday when he signed with the Tigers at a ceremony.

“I’m 100 percent Auburn," Harris said of his decision. "I love this place and I’m just blessed that I have the opportunity to come here.”

One of the hottest tight ends in the country following a very impressive camp circuit last summer, Harris got offers from Auburn, Alabama and LSU in quick work, but his heart was set on the orange and blue. Because of that he made his choice and never looked back, something he said was the right move in the end.

“It’s been a huge relief,” Harris said of committing early. “I remember when I committed it was a lot of pressure on me and I thought at the time maybe I wasn’t ready. Looking back on it I wasn’t ready, but I’m glad I made the decision I made and I’m just happy to be an Auburn Tiger.”

With just one true tight end on the roster heading into the 2015 season (Chris Laye), Auburn needs someone to be able to come in and challenge for early playing time at the position. Even with some other options there, Harris said Gus Malzahn and position coach Scott Fountain told him he needs to be ready.

“They are just telling me to be prepared to work when I get up there,” Harris said. “He said I have a real good chance to play. As soon as signing day is over I’ll get into workouts and start working out on my own and be ready to report on June 1.

“They’ve got one tight end really on the roster with a couple of walk-ons,” he added. “He (Malzahn) said I’ll be playing tight end for the most part. We’ve got Chandler Cox and Kameron Pettway as H-back, but I think that’s about it.”

Even though he’s an offensive player, Harris said he’s excited about the additions of Will Muschamp, Travaris Robinson and Lance Thompson on the other side of the ball. Knowing how important that is for the success of the program down the road, he said that good things are coming for the Tigers.

“It will be a good day on the Plains, I think, on February 4th.”

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