Recruit Upbeat After Meeting With Chizik

An Auburn football recruiting report features comments on an official visit to AU.

Lovejoy, Ga.--Big Andre Harris arrived at Auburn for his official visit over the weekend committed to the Tigers. He left the same way and says he felt good about spending time with new head football coach Gene Chizik.

"I had a good conversation with Coach Chizik and he is a pretty cool dude," the offensive lineman from Lovejoy High School tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is trying to refresh this whole Auburn Tiger tradition thing and get it back on the same track as it was before."

Auburn's new head coach was defensive coordinator from 2002-2004. Chizik's final season at Auburn the Tigers were undefeated.

Although there is a new coaching staff on board at Auburn with Chizik replacing Tommy Tuberville, there was an old, friendly familiar face waiting on him when Harris arrived on campus on Friday.

"My player host was Mario Fannin," says Harris, who points out that he has known the Tiger running back since Fannin was a star quarterback at Lovejoy High.

"I hung out around his house and we played games and I got to know some of the players and had a good time," Harris points out. "It was real good meeting the other players, too. They talked to me and showed me what Auburn is all about."

Harris notes that redshirt junior defensive end Antonio Coleman, an All-SEC player, is a guy who spent a lot of time talking to him about what a good place Auburn is to attend college.

Harris, who says he wants to major in broadcasting, notes that he was very interested in learning more about that on his visit.

"I went on the academic tour on Saturday and talked to people about that," he says. "It was explained to me what I need to do my freshman year in order to be on top of everything. I learned in high school that it is important to be prepared and I plan to do the same thing in college."

Harris, a 6-4, 295-pounder, calls himself a "good student," but not an honor student. "I try though," he says.

The big lineman says he was fed well throughout the weekend, enjoyed meeting the new coaching staff and left Auburn strongly committed to playing his college football for the Tigers.

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