Gadsden, Ala.--Thursday night the Gadsden Titans finished up spring practice with a game against Oak Mountain at Titan Stadium. It was the final chance for college coaches to see super prospect Jerrell Harris in pads before his senior season begins next fall. As busy as his spring has been with coaches coming in from all over the country, Harris won't be forgotten that's for sure.
"It's going real good," the 6-3, 215 Harris says of the recruiting at the moment. "Michigan and South Carolina are the two most recent teams that offered. I'm now up to 23 total offers. A bunch of schools have come through here lately. I've had Michigan and South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Colorado also come through. It's very exciting to have the opportunity to have that many coaches showing an interest in me."
Of the many schools that have been in to check out Harris this spring, Auburn is one of the busiest as coaches Tommy Tuberville and Terry Price have been to Gadsden in the last few weeks along with linebackers coach James Willis, who was in attendance on Thursday night. Harris says Auburn is a school that has a lot going for it and the Tigers are one of his top schools at the moment.
"Auburn has a good program going," Harris says. "I like the atmosphere there and the coaches. I love the coaches over there. They are real down to earth and tell you straight up what you need to know."
A visitor to Auburn for a spring practice, Harris says that he's planning another trip to Auburn next Wednesday to check out the campus once again. This time he'll have a special visitor with him that wants a closer look at the Auburn program.
"I'm going down there with my mom to take a look around," Harris says. "I want her to see everything down there. It's important for her to see the schools I'm considering so she'll know where I'm at and that I'm being taken care of."
Now the unquestioned leader of the Titans' defense, Harris says that things have been a little different for him this spring as he has been forced to take things to another level. As a player that wants to be counted on, Harris says all in all things went well for Gadsden City and he's looking for big things next fall.
"Things went well," Harris says. "Everybody is getting along good. We're working hard to improve. For me it's a little different as a leader now. Now I know I have to step up more and more eyes are on me. The team is going to be watching me and watching the moves I make to follow behind me."
One of the most heavily recruited players in Alabama this year, Harris will be a busy man this summer as he plans to take trips to many of his favorite schools to camp. As someone who is always looking for ways to improve his game, Harris says he's hoping to learn as much as possible heading into his senior year to become an even better player for the Titans.
"I'm going to LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida and Auburn," Harris says. "They help me know how far I've come in my training and work ethics. It helps me to make sure I'm improving in every area."