Jalen Harris doesn’t know what college he’ll go to and the 2015 Alabama prospect isn’t sure what position he’ll play when gets there, but with a pair of early offers from Kentucky and Southern Mississippi, he knows he’ll be going somewhere.
“It feels great,” the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Saint James High School in Montgomery, Ala., said.
“When I got my first one, I was just relieved. I just wanted to get my first one out of the way because I was wondering when it was going to come. I went to the Southern Miss camp and I did really good and they offered me. Kentucky offered me as soon as the camp was over and Southern Miss waited about a week or two.”
And he’s receiving interest from a host of other schools, including Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Georgia.
“I camped at each of those schools,” he said. “I did real good at Auburn, I’m hearing a lot from Auburn. Montgomery is only about a 45-minute ride to Auburn, so I talk to their coaches a lot. I talk to Alabama a lot.”
The interest has increased since Sept. 1st and at one point, Notre Dame was sending him mail on a daily basis.
“Just about their work ethic, how big their fan base is, their academics, how big their weight room is,” Harris said of the messages of the mailings.
The Irish clearly wanted Harris to know that he’s on their radar and he’s honored to be there.
“I just know that they’re a prestigious program,” he said. “Since I’m from Alabama, I don’t really follow Notre Dame too much, but I know they’re good at almost every sport they have. They have a great football tradition, but other than that, I don’t follow Notre Dame that much.”
He’d like to make a trip to South Bend if the interest continues.
“It’s a school, especially if I start hearing from some of the coaches, that’s a school I could see myself visiting,” he said.
Harris could play multiple positions at the next level.
“I’m a real versatile player, I believe,” he said. “ I can play tackle at the college level, I could play tight end, I could play defensive end. I’m a real long player. I run good routes. I’m not the fastest on the field, but I can run good routes and I can get open and I can block very well too.
“At first, I wanted to play tight end, but every college is now saying I might be playing tackle if I keep growing like I am. I’m open to anything right now.”
Comfort will be a big factor in his decision.
“If it’s a good fit for me, if I like the coaches, if it feels like home to me. It’s good to win, but I want someone who is going to coach me and get me ready for the next level after college.”