Najee Harris First 2017 With Michigan Offer

2017 Antioch (Calif.) high school four-star running back Najee Harris picked up an offer from Michigan Tuesday. Harris reacts to the news, what he knows about the Wolverines and why the offer is special for him.

One of the top players out west in the 2017 class is Antioch (Calif.) high school early four-star running back Najee Harris.

Already 6-foot-2.5, 210-pounds, Harris is fresh off a stellar sophomore season, holding eight scholarships prior to Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Harris picked up yet another offer to push his total to nine, this one coming from the Michigan Wolverines.

“Jay Harbaugh came to the school today and he talked to my coach,” Harris said. “He told my coach that I had an offer and of course I was excited because the new head coach just came from the west coast.

“I also heard I’m the first 2017 person that Michigan has offered which is pretty special.”

Jim Harbaugh’s move from the San Francisco 49ers back to his alma mater in Ann Arbor has Harris very intrigued at the possibility of joining the Wolverines some day.

“That’s exciting cause he’s an NFL coach and he’s interested in me playing for his school so it’s pretty exciting,” Harris said.

Just a sophomore in high school, Harris admits he isn’t overly familiar with a Michigan program that routinely won 10 games a season but is more than willing to hear more about the tradition inside Schembechler Hall.

“I’m ready to learn a little bit more,” Harris said. “I know they were good back in the old days but I really don’t know anything about it.”

Harris’ offers include BYU, California, Hawaii, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

Focused on improving his strength and conditioning this winter, Harris also plans to take some visits this spring.

“Michigan is one of them of course,” Harris said. “Alabama, UCLA, Oregon and stuff like that. But Michigan would be one of the top visits to take.”

One of Harris’ coaches, Mori Suesue says this is a young man unwilling to accept being handed anything, even comparing him to former five-star, now Oklahoma Sooner running back Joe Mixon.

“Najee’s work ethic is up there with Joe, who is a freak of nature, but he’s always willing to put in the work,” Suesue said. “He has nine offers but trains like he doesn’t have offers. He doesn’t miss a workout and then he’ll do an extra workout on his own so we’re constantly telling him to take a break.

“That kid is willing to work for everything and he really doesn’t like the offers and thinks he hasn’t proven himself yet.”

Suesue added Harris a much better receiver out of the backfield than most people realize at this point.


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