Talented LB Enjoys Auburn Visit

Linebacker commitment Harris Gaston talks about his official visit to Auburn and gives his thoughts on the new coaching staff.

Birmingham, Ala.--One of Auburn's earliest verbal commitments took his official visit over the weekend and says he's solidly committed to the Tigers. Linebacker Harris Gaston from Bessemer Academy says that his trip went great and he's excited about playing for Gene Chizik.

"It was great meeting the new coach and coaching staff," Gaston says. "It was real good. A great visit."

A defensive coach, Chizik was the architect of the 2004 Auburn defense that helped the Tigers go undefeated. Gaston says it was his second opportunity to meet with his future coach and he likes what he hears from Chizik and the coaching staff.

"Coach came by my house two days after he was hired," Gaston says. "Coach Chizik is a great guy to talk to. This visit I met him a little bit more. He's a cool guy to talk to. I look forward to playing for him.

"Coach (Ted) Roof is a real nice person," he adds. "That's all you can say about all the coaches. They're just nice guys."

The toughest part of any recruiting job is to build a relationship with the player over the course of months of camps, visits to the school, etc. That's something that Gaston says has been tough about getting to know a new coaching staff, but he's confident the relationships he's building now will be just as strong.

"My recruiting coach was Terry Price and everybody knows he's gone," Gaston says. "The relationship I had with coach Price, I know it's the same kind of relationship I've got to have with the new guys. It's getting there. I'm going to get there."

Hosted on his visit by Auburn middle linebacker Josh Bynes, Gaston says while he would prefer to play one of the outside spots, right now coach James Willis is telling him he'll be a mike linebacker when he becomes a Tiger. Gaston says that's fine with him though because in the end he just wants to play.

"He said the way things are looking, and with my body type, he wants me to play the mike," Gaston says. "I would rather play Sam or Will, but if I have to go to the Mike then no doubt I'll go. I think there is a chance (to play early). There is no depth at Will linebacker at all. A true freshman may get into the playing rotation."

Gaston says he's not taking any other visits that he knows of and is looking forward to signing with the Tigers on Feb. 4.

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