After all of the twists, turns, mystery and drama surrounding the nation’s No. 1 recruit Najee Harris, the 5-star running back from Antioch, Calif., has finally ended his recruitment.
Harris, after telling SEC Country on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he was undecided on whether or not he was going to stick with Alabama or flip to Michigan, has arrived in Tuscaloosa to enroll at the University of Alabama, according to multiple sources close to the program. Harris left the airport with Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa, who will be his roommate in Tuscaloosa.
Several people close to Harris wanted him to flip to either Michigan or Cal, but the running back’s feeling of comfort in Tuscaloosa dating back to his commitment in April of 2015, over a late, strong push from Michigan, is what ultimately made the Crimson Tide keep the 5-star prospect committed.
One person close to Harris told SEC Country in December that even before he took an official visit to Michigan, the visit that Nick Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi took to see Harris, his family and coaches in Northern California was when Harris’ recruitment was locked up. However, the interest in the Wolverines was legitimate.
The 6-foot-3, 226-pound prospect now joins a crowded backfield in Tuscaloosa, which has two other 5-star running backs on the roster in Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough announced on Saturday that he will return to Alabama in 2017 instead of declaring for the NFL draft. The Tide also have two other capable running backs in Josh Jacobs and B.J. Emmons. Alabama also has a commitment from 4-star running back Brian Robinson in the Class of 2017.
So what’s Alabama getting in Harris? Quite possibly the biggest competitor in the Class of 2017.
“I think he knows that competing against the best in practice every day will make him that much better,” his trainer Marcus Malu told SEC Country. “He’s never a kid that wants to take the easy way out. I asked him before the season started, I said, ‘Dude, what are you going to do? Are you going to coast or are you going to ball?’ He said, ‘I’m going to ball.’ The kid has rushed for over 2,000 yards three straight years with nine in the box.”
Harris is the sixth 5-star RB at Alabama since 2009, tying Oklahoma for the most in the past 15 years.
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