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Porter added to Auburn's staff

Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal

AUBURN | The Tigers' newest assistant coach arrives flush with major-college coaching experience.

And he's been a highly successful recruiter, too.

North Carolina running backs and special teams coach Larry Porter, best known for his five seasons with Les Miles at LSU, has agreed to take a full-time position at Auburn. He will coach tight ends and H-backs in addition to becoming the program's recruiting coordinator.

"Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “He is an outstanding coach with a very good history of player development and is one of the top recruiters in the country.”

Porter, 44, had a mostly unsuccessful, two-year stint as the head coach at Memphis beginning in 2010. He subsequently served as an assistant at Arizona State, Texas and with the Tar Heels. A former tailback during his playing days at Memphis State, Porter has spent his entire career as an assistant working with running backs.

Recruiting also has been a Porter speciality. He twice was named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com — for the 2007 and 2009 seasons at LSU — and has played an important role in recruiting enterprises at both Texas and North Carolina.