Harris May Have A Chance to Contribute Early

A report is featured on incoming Auburn football signee Andre Harris.

Lovejoy, Ga.--With a shortage of offensive tackles on the 2009 Auburn roster, signee Andre Harris has been told to be ready to compete for playing time as soon as he arrives on the AU campus this summer.

The 6-5, 300-pound Lovejoy High School standout says that is fine with him. He will graduate from high school on Friday night and will report to Auburn on June 21st eager to get his college experience started.

The All-State lineman has been talking to new offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who is looking for depth at all of the line spots, particularly right tackle where there is no returning experienced player with Ryan Pugh moving inside to center on a full-time basis this year.

"Coach Grimes told me if I come in ready to fight for that position I will have a chance to get it," the All-State senior says of right tackle where senior Andrew McCain will try win a starting spot this year.

To make sure he is ready to compete, Harris has been working out on his own and is going to take his preparation a higher level after graduation. "Next week I am going to start wrestling again," he says. "Greco-Roman wrestling is fun and it will really get you in shape. To do it you have to develop a great work ethic. You better come prepared to work every day and work hard."

Harris says he plans to skip wrestling competitions this summer. "I am just doing to the workouts," he notes.

Although wrestling is a good sport for athletes trying to drop weight, Harris says he is happy where he is. "Coach Grimes says he wants me at 300 pounds or a little less," the offensive lineman says.

Harris chose the Tigers over Georgia Tech, Florida, N.C. State, LSU and others. He originally committed to the previous coaching staff, but decided to stick with the Tigers after Gene Chizik was hired to take over the program in December.

Lovejoy High coach Al Hughes says the Tigers are getting a really good prospect and adds that he knew when Harris joined the team as a ninth grader he was going to be special.

"He never gave up a sack during his four years here," Hughes points out. "He was our left tackle and we are predominantly a throwing team so he did a great job of doing everything we ever asked him to do. He got better and better every year."

Harris finished his high school football career with a strong performance in the Offense-Defense All-Star Game playing left tackle. This spring he threw the shot put for the Lovejoy High track and field team and won his county and region titles. His best toss was 52 feet.

Harris and John Sullen are Auburn's only two offensive line signees in the 2009 freshman class.

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