AU Picks up First Football Commitment for 2005

The Tigers picked up their first commitment for the 2005 signing class on Wednesday.

Columbus, Ga--Pacelli High standout offensive lineman Michael Harness has become Auburn's first verbal commitment of the 2005 signing class.

The 6-4, 305-pound offensive tackle, who has been moved to center over the spring at Pacelli and will likely play guard in college, said that he was just ready to make his decision.

"I decided to commit early to get it over with because during finals and stuff I didn't want to be bothered with phone calls and stuff like that," Harness explained. "I decided to go with Auburn because of Coach Nall (offensive line coach Hugh Nall). He has put a lot of people in the NFL."

Michael Harness

Pacelli head coach Kevin Pettis added that Harness has been very straight forward, even with other coaches in the SEC about his desire to play for Auburn and Coach Nall. "He has been over there a bunch and he just likes Coach Nall," Pettis said. "He told Ron Zook Tuesday on his unofficial visit that--they offered him and they said we are not going to pressure you, but what are you thinking? He said, ,'Well, if I get an opportunity to play for Coach Nall that is what I am going to do. I want to play for Coach Nall because he gets his kids in the league and the way he coaches.'"

Harness joins teammates Matt Dunham (Florida State) and Kalvin "Pig" Baker (Florida) in making commitments this week and Vikings' Head Coach Kevin Pettis said that there was a simple reason for all of his kids making such an early decision.

"Here is what I told the kids going into to it. I said, 'Guys, if you get your dream school go,' and so before this all started they all listed their top three schools," Pettis explained. "If one of these schools offered they were going to go and everyone of them got their first choice."

Harness said that despite taking an unofficial visit to Florida this week with Baker that he was only really interested in the playing for the Tigers or the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The one thing that Harness said he would like to work on over the summer and during his senior season is his footwork. Harness is only planning on attending summer camps at Auburn, but he will be present with his teammates in Atlanta this weekend for the MSL combine.

Another big plus for Harness is the fact that he holds a 3.6 core GPA and is already and already has a qualifying SAT score.

A strong player, he bench presses 405 and squats 475.

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