AUBURN, Ala. — Michael Harris saw everything he needed to see.
The 4-star linebacker from Tucker (Ga.) has visited Auburn on multiple occasions, but his lifelong love for Ohio State kept Harris waiting. His wait has ended after an overnight visit to the Plains last weekend.
On Monday, Harris committed to Auburn in favor of Ohio State and Georgia. Harris is the Tigers’ 10th commitment in the 2018 class.
His relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams made all the difference.
“Coach T-Will checks with me every day. I send a text. He sends one right back. He treats me like I’m his own child,” Harris said after his most recent visit. “After me texting coach T-Will, man, he gives me the same amount of love every time or even more. When I come visit, every time I come, it’s more and more love. It’s like I’m always a part of the family. They already treat me like I’m a War Eagle, and I like that.”
Throughout the spring, Auburn pursued Harris as one of its top linebacker targets despite knowing his Ohio State fandom.
That persistence made all the difference. Ohio State has been in the game for some of the nation’s top linebackers, and Harris admitted after Big Cat Weekend that it could affect the linebacker spots available for the Buckeyes.
Auburn prioritized Harris from the get-go, so the Tigers didn’t have that problem. Now they have the nation’s No. 11 inside linebacker committed in the class.
With Harris’ commitment, Auburn jumps to No. 36 in the team rankings with roughly 10 or so spots left to fill. Harris is the first linebacker commitment in the 2018 class, but keep an eye on Zakoby McClain, Quay Walker, JJ Peterson and a few others as potential future additions.