Recruit Likes Auburn's Toomer's Tradition

This football prospect enjoyed the parade, Toomer's Corner and everything about his weekend in Auburn.

Columbus, Ga.--Michael Harness was Auburn's first commitment last spring and remains solidly in the Tigers' corner despite interest from Georgia Tech, Florida and Oklahoma after a strong senior season for Pacelli High in Columbus, Ga.

"It was a great weekend," Harness said Sunday about his official visit to Auburn. "I've been planning on coming here all the time. I'm signing with Auburn. There's nothing to worry about for everybody out there in Tiger Country."

At 6-2 1/2 and 285 pounds, Harness is projected as a center for the Tigers, but it may take him a year or two to step in at that role.

"Coach (Tommy) Tuberville told me he's ‘ecstatic' about me coming here," Harness says. "He said he wants me to do real well because I might be playing by my sophomore year."

Michael Harness

A student who excels in math and science, Harness says he plans to study sports management early on, but may eventually lean towards architecture or engineering.

Like most of his 17 fellow recruits who visited Auburn over the weekend, Harness mentioned that he enjoyed the Parade of Champions Saturday that honored the undefeated 13-0 Tiger football team of 2004. The event culminated at Toomer's Corner after the parade moved through the streets from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I got hit right in the nose by a roll of toilet paper," Harness said with a chuckle. "I was looking one way and saw something coming out of the corner of my eye. It hit me in the nose. It was fun, I loved it. I picked up 10 or 12 rolls of toilet paper and threw them in the trees.

"I drove back by Toomer's Corner and the toilet paper was still there. I can't wait until football season after a game when the fans roll Toomer's Corner."

Harness hopes his Pacelli teammate, running back Matt Dunham who has committed to Florida State, will change his mind and become a Tiger. Dunham took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and will visit FSU next weekend.

"He (Dunham) told me he is going to take his visits and then make a decision signing day," Harness says.

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