BEAVERTON, Ore. — Najee Harris’s recruitment is mysterious. Will the nation’s No. 1 player stick with Alabama or flip his commitment to Southern California or UCLA down the road? The one thing that’s not mysterious is Harris’ feelings on Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa.
Harris got to spend almost a full week with Tagovailoa at The Opening, a premier camp for the nation’s top high school football players held at Nike’s world headquarters, and had glowing things to say about Tagovailoa’s magnetic personality.
“He’s an awesome guy – a great guy,” Harris told SEC Country. “I went to his room to go over some plays and we ended up talking about God. He’s just a great person. I have much respect to Tua.”
Tagovailoa won the Elite 11 MVP, the 7-on-7 tournament MVP and led his team to a championship and still found time to practice his faith. Tagovailoa, because he’s from Hawaii, used the week in Oregon to connect with Harris on a more personal level.
“He’s an awesome guy,” Tagovailoa said of Harris. “He’s been coming to my bible study group since Thursday. It’s been an amazing experience because you get to hear all of the struggles he’s going through and overcoming. I can’t say what he said because what gets said in the room stays in there.”
Harris had a chance to play on the same 7-on-7 team as Tagovailoa, and he came away impressed with his game.
“I think he has all of the tools needed to succeed,” Harris said.
What the 5-star running back decides to do with his recruitment is going to be the biggest recruiting story in 2017. If Tagovailoa continues to connect with Harris and develop a stronger relationship, Alabama’s chances of keeping Harris committed go up.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.