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Jalen Harris: "Auburn is the Place for Me"
Montgomery, Ala.--Growing up an Alabama fan, newest Auburn commitment Jalen Harris said that while that was the case for a long time he's got no reservations about his choice to be a Tiger. Making several visits to the Plains since his first trip two years ago, the 6-5, 240-pounder said he's 100 percent Auburn following his announcement on Tuesday. "The first time I visited Auburn after my 10th grade season I just kind of knew that it was something special," Harris said. "For a while now I have been thinking that Auburn is the place for me. I'm just happy to finally have a decision. My family is happy. I'm just comfortable with the whole process." That comfort level with Auburn has been there for quite a while, but he was still waiting on the scholarship offer from the Tigers. Getting offers from both LSU and Alabama before a workout for Gus Malzahn at a summer camp got him the offer he was waiting for earlier in this month, Harris said staying patient was tough at times, but in the end it paid off for him. "It was a little difficult, but they do things a little differently at Auburn, which is fine with me," Harris said. "It doesn't matter to me if they offered me first or last, it was in my mind that I knew I wanted to go to Auburn. "It was a little tough, but it's all a blessing," he added. "Some people would kill to have all this attention. It was humbling for me having all these colleges wanting me to be on their team. It was all just a great experience and it just humbled me." Getting the offer was the first step for Harris, but it was a return trip to Auburn that sealed the deal for him. On campus last weekend with his parents to meet with the coaches, he said getting one last look made all the difference for him. "When I visited Auburn on Saturday I just knew that was the place for me," Harris said. "I was leaning somewhere else when I went to Alabama before Auburn offered me. I just never knew when the time was going to come. It's just all a blessing."
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