AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn couldn't have scripted things more perfectly. Once Jalen Harris announced his intentions to join the Tigers on Tuesday evening, it meant they had swept the day.
The Tigers had two 2015 targets — Harris and offensive lineman Tyler Carr — set to make decisions and they snagged them both. Carr revealed his choice just after 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday and Harris followed just before 7:30 p.m. Harris, a consensus three-star tight end, picked Auburn over his four other finalists: Alabama, LSU, Miami (Florida) and Vanderbilt.
Harris is the first tight end to commit for the Tigers' 2015 class. They signed two tight ends in 2014 in Chris Laye and Jakell Mitchell. C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse, who will begin the fall at the top of the depth chart at the position, are both seniors. Harris reportedly grew up cheering for the Crimson Tide, but grew fond of the Tigers in the past year, attending all but one home game last season.
He also had another connection to Auburn's program on the staff at St. James School in Montgomery, Alabama, as his position coach is former Tiger tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.
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With Harris' and Carr's pledges on Tuesday, Auburn now has 17 commits for the 2015 recruiting cycle.