Berea (KY) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris took home the top running back award at the Best of the Midwest Combine today. He's listed as the nation's 2nd best running back in the 2015 class and he backed it up today.
Not only did Harris show explosion, power, speed, and a willingness to compete with anyone all day, but he also showed up in pass blocking drills and was one of the best in that regard too.
Harris recently de-committed from Michigan and has since visited two other schools.
"I went to Kentucky this past Saturday," said Harris. "I liked it up there. They're doing things the right way. The coaches there definitely have the ability to turn the program around. They're offering lot of things Kentucky couldn't before. They have a shot and that's all they've asked for. Coach Stoops sat me down and said to give him a shot. He said if I don't like them he understands but just wants a chance."
The Buckeyes hosted Harris a week ago and he came away with strong feelings about Ohio State.
"It was a pretty awesome visit," he admitted. "I walked in with Coach Meyer in front of the student section at the basketball game. Everyone was cheering for us and saying our names. I just really like it up there. They have a lot to offer. They will definitely will be in the tops for me until the end."
The four-star Kentucky native went more in-depth about his feelings about Ohio State and how they have remained in the mix for his services.
"I love it at Ohio State," Harris stated. "I love Coach Meyer. I love the whole staff. I really like the energy and intensity they bring in everything they do. They're passionate about what they do and in developing you not only as a player but a person. Ohio State brings a family feel you don't get at most places. Most places are like a business but they bring a family feel along with the business side of things."
Harris also talked about Michigan and where things stand with the program in Ann Arbor.
"It is hard to fall in love with a school like I did Michigan and not think about them," he explained. "I still really like it up there just as much as before I committed. I'm just evaluating all of my options. I thought I made my decision too early. I was close to Coach Borges and he got fired. I thought I should open it back up after that. I am developing a real close relationship with Coach Nussmeier and we'll have to see how things go the next few weeks."
"I'm visiting Michigan on February 22," he added. "I want to see if the connection is still there. Things are mostly the same besides Coach Nussmeier being there now and I want to keep developing the relationship we have."
Do not expect a quick turnaround for Harris as he plans on taking his time to make his final choice.
"I want to wait until Signing Day," he noted. "I already de-committed once. There's no need to rush a decision this time around. I want to take as much time as possible."
A four-star running back according to Scout, Damien Harris also added an Alabama offer this evening.
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