Nation's No. 1 Prospect, 5-star RB Najee Harris, Checks Out UCLA

Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris, the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, is still committed to Alabama but checked out UCLA on Friday...

It has been nearly a year since Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris committed to Alabama.

Which means it has been nearly a year of other schools doing everything they can to change Harris' mind.

While the No. 1 prospect on Scout in the 2017 class said he's still committed to the Tide, a host of schools are after him, fitting for the top-ranked prospect.

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Harris was in Southern California over the weekend and visited both UCLA and USC while in Los Angeles.

The five-star landed one of his earliest offers from the Bruins and he checked them out on Friday afternoon.

UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu has been running point with Harris along with Angus McClure, who recruits the Bay Area, Marques Tuiasosopo and Adrian Klemm as well as head coach Jim Mora.

"At UCLA, I spent time with KP, Coach Klemm and Coach Tui," said Harris.  "And then I spent a good portion with Coach Mora."

Harris said his conversation with Mora, Polamalu and Klemm went well.

"I talked with Coach Mora about school and family type stuff and how me and my mom and family were doing and then about UCLA and their facility a little," said Harris.  "I talked to KP about school and offense and the new stuff they're adding and I talked to Coach Klemm about the offensive line schemes and who they have coming back and leaving."

From there, Harris went across town to visit USC, who were also one of the first schools to offer him.

Head coach Clay Helton laid the groundwork early on with Harris when he recruited the Bay Area when he was USC's offensive coordinator and Johnny Nansen, the Trojans linebacker coach but former running backs coach, has also been on him along with new running backs coach Tommie Robinson.

"I spent more time with Coach Helton but I also spent some time with their new running back coach," said Harris.

Helton and Harris also had a lot to talk about.

"Coach Helton and I talked about football plays and some of the new changes he's putting in at USC, mostly football stuff," said Harris.  "And we talked about doing the USC camp in the summer like last year.  I talked with Coach Robinson a little bit too."

Harris is hoping to get back to Tuscaloosa this spring to see Alabama again.

"I'm still committed to Alabama," said Harris, who has already visited Alabama a few times previously.

He also wants to visit Texas A&M in April and is set to visit Ohio State next month.

"I'm visiting Ohio State April 15th and 16th," said Harris.

After being one of the top performers at the Pylon Elite 7v7 in Las Vegas last weekend, Harris will be at The Opening Oakland Regional in May, where he was RB MVP a year ago and will look to punch his ticket for the second straight year to The Opening Finals.


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