Football recruit pleads with college coaches to see past his medical cannabis medication

CJ Harris, left, stands with Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn during a recruiting trip to campus. (Harris family photo)

The call came during ballet class. Auburn football coaches had told CJ Harris that the lessons would improve his footwork and develop new muscles so, by the time he arrived on campus this fall, he would be ahead of your typical “preferred walk-on.”

But between pliés and pirouettes, Doug Goodwin, the team’s director of high school relations, called CJ’s father, Curtis, and everything fell apart.

Auburn had been CJ’s dream school for as long as he could remember. He loved the campus, loved the Tigers’ blue and orange, loved the rivalry with Alabama. But after a dominant senior season as a safety at Warner Robins High School in Georgia, he barely was being recruited.

His father sent his film to Auburn coaches

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