Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris arrives in San Antonio today for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week set to close the high school chapter of one of the finest prep careers seen by a Californian.
The No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, the five-star heads to the Army Bowl as the nation’s No. 1 player, a spot he’s held for nearly a year.
When the game is done, though, Harris will arrive in college as a freshman ready to earn his keep.
But just where Harris will end up next week is still up in the air.
“I’m still committed to Alabama, but I will know for sure by Saturday where I’m going to go,” said Harris. “I’m not going to announce anything during the game or anything like that. I’ll just know where for sure I’m going. I know I’m going from San Antonio to college.”
On Saturday, just a day after their season concluded, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and assistant coach Jay Harbaugh talked with Harris.
“I talked to Coach (Jim) Harbaugh on Saturday in fact,” said Harris. “He’s still on me. I have a good relationship with him and with Jay (Harbaugh). They said if they had me, they would have won (the Orange Bowl).”
Meanwhile, the school Harris is committed to rolled to a 17-point win in their bowl, the Peach Bowl, punching their ticket in the national championship game the day after Harris leaves San Antonio.
“I was watching Alabama play and seeing what Bo (Scarbrough) did,” said Harris.
While some have said the loss of Lane Kiffin as Alabama’s offensive coordinator could affect Harris, he said that isn’t close to being true.
“People keep saying I have this great relationship with Lane Kiffin, but it’s always been Tosh (Lupoi) at Alabama. Tosh and I have always had a great relationship. I never talked to Kiffin all that much,” said Harris.
In fact, it’s Kiffin’s replacement as offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, that he has a better relationship.
“Sark and I have been talking since I was a sophomore and he offered me at USC,” said Harris. “I went to their camp (in the summer of 2015) and worked out with him then. Especially since he got the offensive coordinator job, I’ve been talking to him more than I ever did with Kiffin. We have the relationship.”
Harris said the only other school still under consideration is California, the hometown school near his Antioch home. But the Bears are well behind the two frontrunners.
“Yeah, I guess you could say I’m still thinking of Cal, but really, it’s Alabama or Michigan. When I’m ready, once and for all, I’ll say what I’m going to do,” said Harris.
In the meantime, Harris is ready to close out his prep career.
“I’m ready to get to college and get to that next chapter,” said Harris. “There really isn’t anything else to achieve now that I’m done with high school. I’m ready to see what else is out there in the world with college.”