2017 Safety Eager To Be Back At Auburn

A.J. Harris talks about making a visit to Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers.

Madison, Ala.--One of the top safety prospects in the state for the 2017 class, 6-2, 180 playmaker A.J. Harris from Bob Jones High, will be making a trip to Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers.

Hoping to use the trip as an opportunity to learn more about Will Muschamp and the rest of the Auburn football team's new defensive coaches, Harris said he is excited to get back on the Plains after making a pair of trips last fall.

“I am really looking forward to meeting the new coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball,” Harris said. “I really haven’t gotten the chance to talk to them yet, but I have talked to Coach Tim Horton. He’s a great coach and comes to Bob Jones a lot. He makes me really like Auburn.”

A physical defensive back who played mostly safety but also saw some time at cornerback, Harris had a strong sophomore year for Bob Jones. In 11 games he made 85 tackles with five interceptions. He also added four caused fumbles. Those are the kinds of numbers that have college coaches taking notice of a player who enjoys making things happen on that side of the ball.

“I feel like I’m good at reading the quarterback because I used to play receiver when I was in middle school,” Harris said. “Because I understand route concepts I know when a receiver is getting ready to break off his route. I can tell by his eyes and his body if the ball is coming to him.”

Already with an offer from Florida State, Harris said he is hoping for good news in the form of a scholarship offer from Auburn sometime soon after growing up a fan of the Tigers. If and when that happens he said it would be a huge day for he and his family.

“Auburn just wants me to come down this weekend,” Harris said. “Getting an offer would mean a lot to me because most of my family are Auburn fans. It would be a jump in my life if I got offered.”

With still two years left before he has to make a decision Harris said he’s in no hurry at the moment. He plans to visit Georgia for a junior day this spring in addition to Saturday’s trip to Auburn.


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