LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alabama sophomore RB Damien Harris is the leader of the Crimson Tide backfield, but coach Mark Stoops thought he was close to bringing the Kentucky native to play for the Wildcats.
Stoops was asked Monday about UK’s recruitment of Harris, a consensus five-star prospect from Madison Southern High School.
“I thought we were very close,” Stoops said. “So, I’m not going to tell you what — he and I had some conversations, and I’ll keep that between he and I. It was good. I caught up with Damien recently in the summer. Had lunch with Damien, and I’ll keep that between he and I.”
Harris was injured in Saturday’s game against Kent State, but entered the weekend with 327 yards and a touchdown this season.
“Damien looks very good,” Stoops said. “Just like we knew recruiting him and watching him play here in Kentucky. He’s just like you would expect. He’s a very talented guy. He looks very explosive — the great vision and the great jump cuts you see out of him. That’s what you see on film.”
Kentucky and Alabama kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.