- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
It was the first home game for the University of Alabama on Saturday, and that meant the first opportunity to host recruits. Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County quarterback Tyler Harris was one of the visitors on campus, and the 2014 prospect had a great time.
“We went a little early and got to tour the facilities, see the weight room and the training room and everything,” Harris said. “We went over to the stadium where they fed us, and after they fed us, I got called down to the locker room and talked with Coach [Nick] Saban.
“He was just talking to me about the season, how my season had been. He said they needed to break down my film, and they would be in contact with me.”
Harris had been to Tuscaloosa for one of the Crimson Tide’s camps over the summer, but this was the first time he had been to a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“It was a great atmosphere even though it wasn’t really a big game,” he said. “The fan base was large. You could really tell they were into it, and they love their team. Before the game, they were tailgating, and you could tell they had a lot of love for their team. I really liked that.”
UA quarterback AJ McCarron had an impressive day against Western Kentucky with over 200 yards passing and four touchdowns. Harris took note of McCarron’s performance and also liked what he saw from the offense under new coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
“I think he did really well,” Harris said. “He was very efficient. He completed a high percentage of his passes, and I really liked the offense. They have a good balance of run to pass. I think he had a great day.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior had an impressive outing of his own on Friday night as he threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-17 win over Dublin High School. He also ran for a score.
Although he doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, Harris says he’s receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina. He remains confident that he’ll earn his first offer soon.
“I think if I just keep doing my job, the offers will come,” he said.
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