Talented Linebacker Talks Auburn Visit

This talented junior linebacker talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn on Friday.

Cordova, Ala.--Sometimes the best way to be seen for a football prospect is to be a younger teammate of a player already being recruited. That's the case with Blue Devil linebacker Malik Harris as anyone that watched Auburn signee Ryan Smith play last season will remember the linebacker making plays all over the field.

On Friday the 6-3, 190-pounder took an unofficial visit to Auburn to see coach Gene Chizik's program from the inside out. Admitting he grew up an Alabama fan, Harris said the visit has him looking strongly at the Tigers now that he's seen what the Tigers are all about.

"I was kind of a Bama fan when I grew up," Harris said. "It's not that I didn't like Auburn, I just liked Bama more. Going down there and seeing everything it definitely has me on the bubble, on the fence. I liked going down there.

"I liked them coming in, but I really like them now," he added. "I could really see myself going to Auburn."

Currently waiting on an offer from the Tigers, Harris said at the moment he's hearing from a few schools with several offers already on the table.

"I have offers from Southern Miss and South Alabama," Harris said. "My coach just told me that I got an offer from Vanderbilt as well.

"Auburn told me I was very high on their list of offers," he added. "They have a lot of interest in me. I'll be talking to them more about that."

In addition to talking with the coaches, Harris says he and his mother had a chance to tour all of the facilities at Auburn. That includes making a visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium to see the locker room and the Heisman Room and a stop at the Village to eat lunch.

Still the coaches are what had the most impact on Harris. Sitting down and talking with the staff, Harris said they're exactly what he's looking for in his coaches.

"They made it very clear that it's a family," Harris said. "I like that. It's not just knowing one coach and one coach only. I like that. You know everybody and everybody knows you when you walk in the door. They make you feel welcome, make you feel at home."

Being recruited by the Tigers as a linebacker, Harris said that in addition to what he saw on his visit, Auburn has another thing in its favor and that is Smith.

"It helps," Harris said. "If I go down there at least I'll know somebody. I won't feel as lost. It helps that I would know somebody. They knew me from seeing film on Ryan."

A two-year starter at Cordova, Harris had a big junior year on defense. Playing in 15 games, Harris had 110 solo tackles, 50 assists, and 12 sacks.

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