Defensive Tackle Nearing Decision

The Tigers are expected to be hosts to several key defensive line recruits, including one who says he is nearing the end of the recruiting process.

Memphis, Tenn.--For LaRon Harris this is the stretch run for recruiting with the big defensive tackle saying he is about ready to select a college.

After spending last weekend in Knoxville visiting the Tennessee Volunteers, he plans to take an official visit to see the Auburn Tigers beginning on Friday and says he is looking forward to that trip.

Tennessee and Auburn remain his favorites with Arkansas the darkhorse candidate. Razorback coaches made an in-home visit to the Kingsbury High standout on Thursday night. Although it is hard to believe that the University of Alabama would be recruiting a defensive lineman in the Memphis area considering the huge amount of negative publicity the Tide has received with its recent recruiting scandal in that city, Bama coaches were in his home on Thursday night pleading for Harris to visit. He declined.

While many prospects are beginning to show the strain with pressure coming from a variety of directions to make a college choice decision, Harris doesn't seem to be stressed at all. "A lot of the coaches I have talked to say that I am handling recruiting well," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They tell me that a lot of players panic under the pressure, but I am just sitting back and letting the recruiting take its course. It is my belief it is a lot better to be recruited hard than to not be recruited at all."

LaRon Harris has had a large number of scholarship offers, but has narrowed his list to three colleges.

Harris is definitely one of the more interesting prospects that Auburn is recruiting and he can play a position where the Tigers need immediate help--defensive tackle. He has the size at 6-3, 305 as well as the quickness (4.9 40) to be successful at the SEC level. On defense, he split his time between tackle and middle linebacker as a senior at Kingsbury High School. He averaged better than 10 tackles per game and added 16 sacks. He showed surprising speed in running down opposing backs from sideline to sideline. As an offensive lineman, he was a dominating blocker.

"Everybody is recruiting me to play defensive tackle and that is a position I like," Harris says. "I believe I have both the size and strength to handle it in college." Harris bench presses 415 pounds.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Harris is being recruited for Auburn by defensive ends coach Terry Price and he says he really likes the Auburn assistant. The Kingsbury High standout attended a summer football camp at Auburn and got a chance to spend some time with the AU staff and says he liked his initial impressions of the university and that is why the Tigers are one of the co-favorites to sign him on Feb. 6th...He is a four-year starter on offense and a 3 1/2-year starter on defense. Before he grew out of those positions, Harris played wide receiver and fullback on offense...The articulate senior is in strong shape academically and says he is interested in majoring in either sports medicine or broadcasting in college...Harris is not the only prime defensive line recruit expected on campus for an official visit this weekend. Opelika High's Tommy "T.J." Jackson will be at Auburn this weekend with his teammate and friend, quarterback/athlete/defensive back Will Herring. The Tigers look to have a good shot to sign both players. Both Jackson and Herring are friends with current Auburn freshman linebacker Lemarcus Rowell, who was a star on the 2000 Opelika High team. Jackson is considered the state's top defensive line prospect this season. He visited Alabama last weekend and was at Georgia Tech prior to that. He is also scheduled to visit LSU, but might be ready to make his decision before that trip. Other defensive tackles scheduled to visit this weekend include 6-3, 255, 4.8 Luis Rivas from Coral Park, Fla., High School and 6-4, 280, 4.9 DL Kedric Golston from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga.

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