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Harris wants his buddy, Tagovailoa, to keep their conversations confidential
Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa was sort of Najee Harris’ mouthpiece this week in San Antonio for the Army Bowl. Tagovailoa told reporters earlier this week that Harris was scheduled to be on his flight to Alabama on Sunday.
After that, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect and Tagovailoa spoke about what Harris wants out in the media.
“We talked about this last night and he said, ‘Let’s just keep everything low key and just between us,'” Tagovailoa told SEC Country. “He wasn’t mad about what I said, but I don’t think I should say any more about what he’ll do. Najee doesn’t want anybody talking about this anymore, so we just have to respect that.”
Is it a good thing that Harris and Tagovailoa are just keeping the most mysterious recruitment in the Class of 2017 to themselves? I mean, it’s possible, but with Harris, you just never know what he’s actually thinking.
What we do know is that Harris and Tagovailoa are very close. Outside of Army Bowl practices, the two have sort of been inseparable, which definitely doesn’t hurt the Crimson Tide’s chances of keeping him committed.
“Najee is just another kid just like everyone else,” Tagovailoa said. “He gets more attention than everyone here, though, because he’s the No. 1 player. Just getting to know him, he’s a very humble guy. Every time I get back to the hotel, Najee is always FaceTiming, calling or texting me asking where I’m at. He always comes into my room.”
The latest report on what Harris will do is that the 5-star prospect will fly from San Antonio to Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday and stick with his commitment. As I’ve said all week, the staff will not feel 100 percent until he’s actually in Tuscaloosa.
What Harris will actually do still isn’t 100 percent clear and will likely not be until he shows up at either Alabama or Michigan. Since he started showing legitimate interest in Michigan, I’ve heard nothing from sources close to Harris and Alabama that would make me think he will flip to Michigan.
I was told that when Nick Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi, Harris’ main recruiter, visited him in Antioch, Calif., that his recruitment was over at that point and his commitment to Alabama was sealed; however, there has been misinformation from Harris’ camp, whether it was intentional or not.
We’ll know in just a few days what Harris will actually do. I still believe he’ll stick with his commitment.
Ruggs clarifies Tagovailoa’s comments
Earlier this week, Tagovailoa told SEC Country that 4-star wide receiver Henry Ruggs was down to Alabama and Florida State. That’s not totally accurate, according to Ruggs, but he did say that those two schools hold an edge over the other three schools in his top 5, which are Auburn, Florida and Penn State.
“He probably misinterpreted things a little bit,” Ruggs told SEC Country’s Jesse Simonton. “I told him that out of my top 5, those two schools are probably my favorites. That was the question he asked me. I don’t have a leader, though.”
Ruggs has appeared to be Alabama bound for several months now, and it would be surprising to see him choose a different team other than the Crimson Tide. The Army All-American did say Alabama holds one edge over the other four schools.
“I have more of a connection with the Alabama staff because I talk to more coaches, but with Florida State, I’m always in contact with (Seminoles wide receivers) coach (Lawrence) Dawsey,” Ruggs said.
Tagovailoa and Ruggs are on the same Army Bowl team this week and the wide receiver is rooming with Alabama offensive line commit Kendall Randolph. Ruggs said he has the best relationship with the Alabama commits out of the schools he’s considering. Tagovailoa is a big part of that.
“We met at a camp at Alabama this summer,” Ruggs said. “We got a chance to throw the ball around a little bit then. We developed a connection there and now we’ve brought that here, and we’ve just been playing together more.”
Ruggs will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 20. The tentative plan is for him to announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
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