Junior RB Takes A Look At Tigers

This Gadsden City standout talks about a recent visit to Auburn and gives his impressions on the program.

Gadsden, Ala.--Already with a few offers and getting attention from dozens of colleges, Gadsden City running back Alonzo Harris is already a known commodity for the 2011 recruiting class.

Recently he took an unofficial visit to Auburn to check out the campus and talk to the coaching staff and he says he likes what he sees from the Tigers.

"It went pretty good," Harris tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I met a lot of the coaches, coach Troop (Trooper Taylor), coach (Tommy) Thigpen, and a few other coaches. Everything went pretty good.

"When I met the coaches they were pretty cool," he adds. "I can relate to them. Coach Trooper is real friendly with coach Smith (Ali Smith from Gadsden City). They talk a lot. I kind of knew them both. I had seen coach Thigpen a few times. We got to talk."

A 6-1, 205 running back with good speed and good strength, Harris had a solid junior year as he ran for 1,040 yards for the Titans and added 23 touchdowns on the ground. With those kinds of numbers it's not a surprise that Auburn's offensive attack is one that excites him when he heard coordinator Gus Malzahn talk about his plans for the future.

"They said they were looking for backs that relate to their offense," Harris says. "They have a four-back offense. They talked about their offensive schemes and the way they run the ball. I got a chance to speak to the coordinator. He was telling me how the rankings changed when he came to Auburn.

"It's pretty exciting to see," he adds. "I like that offense. It's pretty cool to me. The wildcat stuff and having four backs in the game at one time. That's pretty good."

Already hearing from schools and an early three-star prospect by Scout with the probability of moving to either four or five by next February, Harris says that right now Auburn is giving him a long look but he doesn't have an offer just yet.

"I have two or three offers right now," Harris says. "Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State have offered. I spoke with Coach Thigpen about an offer. He said he was going to come to school and talk more about it with Coach Smith."

If Auburn does wind up offering Harris then the Tigers may be in the running for the speedy back because of the educational opportunities, something he found out while on his visit.

"When I was at Auburn I was talking to one of the Tigerettes," Harris says. "She was telling me that they have a big engineering program. That's what I'm looking forward to being a part of when I get to college."

Also a track standout for the Titans, Harris says his best time in the 100 meters is 11.2 seconds. He also runs the 4x100 and the 200 meters for his team.


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