“He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and … will be a tremendous asset to our defense … we’re excited to have him join our staff,” Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn made that statement in a press release about new Co-Defensive Coordinator Charlie Harbison.
Harbison, who has worked with Ellis Johnson on two different staffs was hired Saturday away from Clemson to join Johnson, his old colleague and friend at Auburn. The two worked together at Alabama in 2000 and at Mississippi State in 2007.
As a recruiter, Harbison has recruited some big time talent over his 20 years of coaching mainly in the SEC and ACC. He is considered one of the best in the business and was named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals in 2010.
As a coach, Harbison has had coaching stints at LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, and Clemson. He was the Defensive Coordinator and safeties coach at State between 2007-08. The Bulldogs were seventh in the nation in pass defense and 20th in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2007
Between two Alabama stints, Harbison coached the defensive backfield at LSU in 2001 – ’02 and helped LSU win the 2001 SEC title.
At Clemson his secondary was ranked in the top 26 in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2009 and 2010, while coaching first-team All-American safety DeAndre McDaniel in ‘ 09 and ’10. McDaniel led the ACC and was tied for third in the nation in interceptions (8) in 2009.
Clemson won the ACC Championship in 2011 and the Atlantic Division title in 2009. The purple Tigers had 21 interceptions that year, fifth-most in Tiger history and tied for fifth-most in the nation. Clemson was seventh in the nation in passing defense.
Charlie said he was looking forward to joining Coach Malzahn’s staff at Auburn, “Having coached against Auburn on several occasions, I’m very familiar with the great success and tradition associated with the program. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family.”
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