BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Montgomery tight end Jalen Harris was on commitment watch when he recently made a trip to Tuscaloosa to visit the University of Alabama, but the visit wasn’t to commit.
“I had gotten a couple of texts and people were wondering if I was going to commit,” said Harris, a St. James standout listed at 6-foot-5 and 244 pounds. “It wasn’t because of that. I just wanted to get my dad to come up and see everything.”
Harris earned his Alabama offer last week, and then got more offers from LSU and Vanderbilt. He spent the night in Tuscaloosa this week, and had his parents along for the ride.
“I just wanted to get my parents down, especially my dad,” Harris said. “He got a chance to see all the new stuff Alabama has to offer. He hadn’t really had a chance to talk to Coach (Nick) Saban. My mom had been down there twice, three times and she’s had a chance to see everything. I just wanted my dad to get a feel for everything.”
On Saturday, Harris will camp at Auburn. The Tigers have yet to offer Harris, but perhaps that could change this weekend.
“I’m just going to go up there and give it all I’ve got like I’ve been doing at all my camps and see what happens,” Harris said.
A commitment may be a couple of months away, but Harris plans to narrow the recruiting process down to a few select schools next week. After his Auburn visit, he said he would talk with his parents and figure out his top schools. Alabama figures to be in the mix and is looking for a second class of 2015 tight end along with Hale Hentges.
“They were saying they’d love to have me, stuff like that,” Harris said.
Harris also has offers from the likes of Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Louisville, Miami, California, Cincinnati, Illinois and many more schools.
“I’m not in too big of a hurry,” Harris said. “If anything happens and I have to hurry up my process or if I have to slow it down, then I will. As of right now, I’m going to commit sometime between when school starts and my first game, probably mid, early-August, something like that.”