Harris headed to Alabama

After losing Matt Elam to in-state Kentucky a season ago, Alabama has snagged the Bluegrass State’s top class of 2015 prospect in running back Damien Harris. The Scout100 talent announced his intention to sign with the Crimson Tide at a press conference at Madison Southern High School Friday.

If Alabama hadn’t already locked up the top class on Scout, there’s a good chance it has now.

Scout100 running back and four-star prospect Damien Harris verbally committed to Nick Saban and company Friday, the same day storied Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft after his junior season.

Harris, who accounted for 111 touchdowns over four seasons at Barea (Ky.) Madison Southern High School, selected UA over finalists Kentucky and Ohio State. He joins fellow four-star DeSherrius Flowers at the running back position within Alabama’s class of 2015. Class of 2014 five-star running back Bo Scarbrough and Flowers began classes at Alabama on Wednesday.

The Under Armour All-America selection notched the most yardage of any runner in the game played on January 2, logging 122 yards and a score on just 16 carries against the nation’s best. The performance helped lead Team Highlight to a 46-6 victory over Team Armour, and helped erase one of the doubts experts had concerning Harris’ gaudy rushing totals at the prep level in Kentucky.

“The knock against him has always been who he played high school ball against, so I thought it was huge for him to put up over 100 yards and a score against the nation’s best,” Scout National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said. “He looked bigger and ran inside better than I think people thought he would.”

Harris, who visited Alabama unofficially for its win over Texas A&M and then officially for it's Iron Bowl triumph in late November, is currently tabbed as the No. 6 running back in the country and its No. 53 overall prospect.

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Scout's Jeff Drummond contributed to this report.

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