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June 24, 2014

Big Tuesday


AUBURN | It's a pivotal day in Auburn recruiting as two of the Tigers top targets are set to announce their decisions.

Gadsden (Ala.) Southside Rivals100 offensive lineman Tyler Carr will announce at 10:30 a.m. CT followed by Montgomery (Ala.) St. James 3-star tight end Jalen Harris at 6 p.m.

Carr, 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, is down to Auburn and Alabama. He grew up an Auburn fan, but has made numerous trips to Alabama over the past couple of years.

Carr told Rivals.com that his relationship with Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will be the key factor in his decision.

"I would choose Alabama because of my relationship with Coach Cristobal. I love the way he coaches. I love the pro-style offense. I really like the way they do things on a day-to-day basis," Carr said. "I would choose Auburn because of my relationship with Coach Grimes. I really like him. I like the way he operates. I like how he trains his players. I just like his style of coaching.

"It's going to be extremely hard to decide. I am not sure what I am going to really look at. I just have to sit down and really think about what is the top priority for me."

Harris, 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds, is also expected to choose the Tigers or the Tide, although he also lists LSU, Vanderbilt and Miami as finalists. He was offered by Alabama June 3rd and Auburn 11 days later. Both came after a strong camp performance.

Harris grew up an Alabama fan but has visited Auburn close to a dozen times in the past couple of years including at least five games last fall.

"I've always thought it was the place for me and I just talked to my parents about it and we just came to a final decision," Harris said Thursday. "I want to go ahead and get it out of the way. I'm ready to get it over with."

AuburnSports.com staff predictions with confidence percentage:

Bryan Matthews: Carr (Auburn 80%), Harris (Auburn 55%)

Allie Davison: Carr (Auburn 80%), Harris (Auburn 50%)

***Stay tuned to AuburnSports.com today for LIVE updates from both press conferences.



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