Jalen Harris is a talented 6'5 TE from St. James HS in Montgomery, Alabama.
Already hearing from many schools around the southeast, the Eagles saw the prospect in camp and decided to be the first to make the move officially on him.
"My head Coach, Coach Perry, from St. James has some ties with Southern Miss, and Coach Woz saw me at the Southern Miss camp in Alabama State," Harris updated GoldenEaglePride.com.
"We talked for a while at the camp, and I had a great showing there. He saw that I had a lot of potential, met my parents, and told me I'd be hearing a lot from him.
"He told me to call him, I did, and that is when he offered."
The rising junior talked about what he liked in the Southern Miss program.
"It is a great tradition," he said. "From Brett Favre until now, I know they have a winning program and they are going to be doing some real good things in the future.
"They are always going to compete for conference championships and just have a great overall program. I like Southern Miss."
The first offer for Harris is a huge weight off his shoulders.
"It feels so good to have that behind me," he said. "I was telling my parents that I feel like I doing great in camps but I don't have any offers to show for it.
"No one has offered me yet, and my Mom told me to just be patient and things would happen. Now I can tell people I do have an offer from Southern Miss, so that feels real good."
For someone that hasn't seen Harris play, they'll quickly discover that he has great mobility, hands, and good quickness for a player of his size.
"I like to get the ball, and in college I'll play tight end," he said. "On the field, I'm a leader, and even though I'm a junior I try to take over with that.
"I provide a big target for my QB's, and I have really good hands for someone my size. Another good aspect of my game that I work hard on is my blocking and technique. I'll do whatever it takes for my team."
Where Southern Miss is his first offer, it is certainly not the only school he's hearing from.
"I'm going to Dog Night in Athens, GA, coming up real soon," he said. "I've been to Auburn, and I'm hearing a lot from them. I talk to their coaching staff a lot. I did real well at Vandy and their coaches stay in contact with me as well.
"I also have plans to take in a camp at Alabama and Ole Miss as well."
It is going to be a busy year for Harris as he starts to see recruiting get kick started for him. The Eagles got in early, and that is always a plus for a prospect.
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