Auburn has made it official, announcing Larry Porter as its new tight ends/h-backs coach on Saturday. Porter will also hold the title of recruiting coordinator.

Porter believes coach Gus Malzahn has built a championship contender.

“I want to thank Coach Malzahn for giving me and my family the opportunity to be a part of the Auburn family,” Porter said in a school release. “He has assembled a great staff and has all of the pieces to pursue a championship. Auburn has a great football tradition and I can’t wait to get started. War Eagle!”

The 21-year coaching veteran has worked with future NFL players Dontari Poe, Jacob Hester, Joseph Addai, Quinn Johnson, Trindon Holliday and Tatum Bell in his career. He was also part of the staff for LSU’s 2007 championship team.

“Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff,” 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 was running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the past three seasons at North Carolina. Although he replaces Scott Fountain, who held the title of tight ends and special teams coordinator, on staff, Malzahn is actually assigning special teams to running backs coach Tim Horton.

“I’m excited to have Tim serve as our special teams coordinator,” Malzahn said. “He has assisted with that unit the last four years and will do an outstanding job.”