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5-star Najee Harris Talks UCLA Official Visit

Nov. 16 -- Antioch (Calif.) five-star running back Najee Harris, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class, talked with Scout about his official visit to UCLA, the first official visit the Army All-American has taken...

Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris took his first official visit over the weekend, visiting UCLA.

Harris is no stranger to UCLA or Westwood, having visited numerous times unofficially over the last two years.

The familiarity was something he appreciated on his trip but it was also the first chance his mother had to see the school.

"It was cool down there and it was a nice visit," said Harris.  "I've been there a bunch of times before but my mom went too and she lvoed it. It was her first time going there."

It was Harris' first time seeing a game in the Rose Bowl.

"I saw a game in the Rose Bowl for the first time and the Rose Bowl was nice," said Harris.

Harris had a number of hosts, including several from the East Bay.

"I was hanging out with Takk McKinley, Josh Rosen, of course Boss Tagaloa and Adarius Pickett," said Harris.  "Boss, Takk and Adarius are all from the Bay Area too so we talked about that."

Harris said the highlight for him was spending time with the Bruin coaches.

"Coach (Jim) Mora is just a cool dude.  I love that coaching staff.  I spent about an hour and a half with Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu talking schemes and he taught me more about the position.  When Coach Mora and I talked, though, it wasn't about recruiting, it was more just about life."

Harris also got to peek at the new facilities UCLA is building.

"They're building a couple of new buildings and they way it's all coming out, when they're done, they will be really nice," said Harris.

All in all, Harris said he had a good time in Westwood.

"Overall, it was a good visit for me," said Harris.

Harris' next visit will be to Alabama, the school he's been committed to for over a year and a half.

"My Alabama visit is supposed to be the weekend after next when they have the Iron Bowl," said Harris. 

Harris was supposed to visit Michigan this weekend, but Antioch's quarterfinal playoff game made that impossible.

"I was supposed to visit Michigan this weekend but we have a game on Saturday night.  So now I'm going to go in December."

And there is still the possibility of Harris visiting Ohio State and USC.

"I'm going to still try and make it to Ohio State and to USC in December after Michigan, but we'll see," said Harris.

Antioch plays San Ramon (Calif.) California HS on Saturday night in the CIF-NCS D-I quarterfinals.


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