Najee Harris is a big name in recruiting circles out west despite him wrapping up just his sophomore season at Antioch (Calif.) High School, but after Saturday he may go national.
Already tabbed as an early four-star by Scout, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound running back added an offer from a program known for the same position in the last decade, Alabama.
“We met with Coach (Nick) Saban, and he offered me,” Harris said. “He said he likes my attitude, how I play and stuff like that. They want me at running back.
“The coaches and everybody, it’s just very nice there. The players are, too, I liked it a lot. It was very energetic, all the coaches had energy. It was outrageous.”
Taking in Tuscaloosa for the first time during the program’s first junior day of 2015, the time with the Crimson Tide’s head man was brought up several times later in the day.
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“When I met with Nick Saban, that was so exciting,” he said. “To be offered by a special school like that, yea, I was excited.”
With many Pac-12 offers and even Michigan jumping on board of late, snagging the latest verbal extension felt unique.
“It’s way different. It’s one of the top schools in the nation, and it’s an SEC school. My first from an SEC school,” Harris said. “It means a lot. I know the names they’ve had at the position, and they said they’d put me in position to succeed as well. It’s crazy to see all the guys they have in the league.”
Aside from football, part of the trip for one of California’s best was simply the location. It was Harris’ first trip to one of the big programs in the area.
“I thought everything was going to be spread out, but everything is really close to the school,” he said. “I found that pretty cool, it’s all walking distance.”
Even before the trip, and offer, Harris admits that leaving the region for college is a growing option. That side of the argument now has a tangible angle to it.
“I’ve thought about it, I’ve thought about it a lot,” he added.
Upon traveling home, Harris and his camp informed Scout that a return visit to Alabama, most likely for a game this fall, is in the works.
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