The Auburn Tigers received their second commitment of the day with the addition of three-star tight end Jalen Harris (Montgomery, Al. St James School) joining four-star offensive guard Tyler Carr as the latest to commit to Gus Malzahn’s 2015 class.
Harris ranks as the nation’s No. 807 player overall regardless of position, the No. 26 tight end and the No. 29 player in the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Harris picked Auburn over offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami and Vanderbilt suggesting that a boost in the Composite Rankings could be forthcoming considering the heavyweight programs that were chasing him.
The 6-5, 237-pound tight end had 17 receptions for 281 yards last season as a junior and had 12 receptions for 216 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore in 2012.
Tight end is a position that normally requires a good deal of time and patience to develop the player, so Harris could see a redshirt his freshman season and another year or two of seasoning before he makes a significant contribution to the offense, but his size, tools, and athleticism make him a highly-coveted prospect to work with.
Former Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen who is the Tiger’s all-time touchdown leader at tight end with 14 worked with Harris this spring and undoubtedly was a valuable resource during his recruitment as well as continuing his development.
Auburn moved up to the nation’s No. 5 class earlier today with the commitment of Carr and with the addition of Harris, the Tigers narrowed the gap on the Penn State Nittany Lions who are the No. 4 class and now lead Auburn by fewer than two points on the 247Sports team rankings.
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