The Antioch HS (CA) product possesses the optimum balanced combination of speed and strength at 6-1, 220 pounds entering his senior season. Harris can run effectively between the tackles and break out from the line of scrimmage for long explosive touchdown jaunts. He has outstanding vision and elusiveness showing the ability to cut back through the slightest crease with a blazing burst. Hurdling defenders is within the realm of tactics Harris may resort to in an all-out attempt to gain additional ground. The five-star Scout.com no. 1 player in the 2017 class is a quarterback’s dream. He can pile up gargantuan rushing yardage yet operate in space as a reliable sure-handed receiver.
He holds the school career and single season rushing marks running for 2,744 yards on 243 carries, (228.7 per game/11.3 per carry), 39 total touchdowns (36 rushing, 3 receiving) and 33 two-point conversations in 2015. Last year as a sophomore, he ran for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns. Harris elevated the Antioch HS Panthers, a program with only 33 victories between 2004 and 2013, to their first league title since 1984 and first regular undefeated season since 1997. They finished 11-1, losing in an epic Bay Area North Coast Section Division I semifinal contest 55-54 to Pleasanton HS (CA) as Harris fell inches short on a two-point attempt with 1:05 remaining. He had rushed for 390 yards, six touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions on the night.
Accolades are mirroring field productivity for the supremely talented ball-carrier verbally committed to Alabama since April 2015. He was the league MVP, San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year, North Coast Section Offensive Player of the Year and the Cal-Hi State Player of the Year, the first junior recipient since the 1960’s. His selfless attitude and inclusive nature is perfect for the most team oriented major sport of football. The word “team” frequently is interjected in conversations by Harris as he attempts to deflect individual praise. His prolific touchdown numbers contributed to a 599-241 point total advantage over opponents. Local gridiron aficionados view him as a once in a few generations type of athlete.
BamaMag.com met with Najee Harris and offensive coordinator Brett Dudley on the Northern California Contra County school campus of Antioch HS (CA) Tuesday afternoon. Holding over 40 offers, the highly recruited prospect discussed his current recruitment status and other topics.