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October 24, 2014

Auburn goes 2-for-2 with recruiting haul

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:35 pm | Updated: 12:10 am, Wed Jun 25, 2014.

AUBURN — Auburn couldn't have scripted things more perfectly. When 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 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Harris followed a few minutes before 6:30 p.m.

Carr is a consensus four-star offensive lineman from Gadsden. What made Carr's decision even sweeter for Auburn was that his other two finalists double as its two biggest rivals — Alabama and Georgia. He's no stranger to Auburn, as his father attended the university and he grew up attending games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. With Carr on board, the Tigers now have four offensive lineman committed for the next recruiting cycle, joining a trio of Georgians in Marquel Harrell, Kaleb Kim and Bailey Sharp.

"I feel like a burden's been lifted," he told AL.com. "I feel tremendous. The coaching staff was really behind me and supported me. I really felt home with those guys. Gus (Malzahn) was just getting off a plane when I called him. He was pretty happy."

According to 247Sports, Carr has been told by offensive line coach J.B. Grimes that he would begin his career as a tackle. Should that not work out, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Carr would move to guard.

"It is official I have committed to Auburn University today!" Carr tweeted from his personal Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. "I wanted to thank everyone who has been there for me through this process!"

Harris, a consensus three-star tight end from Montgomery, picked Auburn over his four other finalists: Alabama, LSU, Miami 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.

With Harris' and Carr's pledges on Tuesday, Auburn now has 17 commitments in its 2015 recruiting haul.

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