For many Alabama fans, the A-Day spring game will be their first chance to see RB Najee Harris suit up for the Crimson Tide. The 5-star running back was one of the most sought-after recruits of the 2017 class.  The Antioch, Calif. running back concluded his recruitment by heading to UA following the Army Bowl all-star game in early January.

While the spring is his first taste of college football, Harris’ teammates already believe the freshman is the real deal, according to’s Matt Zenits.

“He’s really hard to tackle in the open field,” CB Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “He’s jumping over people. He’s running through people, running around people, and he’s a great athlete. A really fast runner. Really explosive. It’s really good to see him out there.”

Wide receiver Cam Sims said that Harris and fellow freshman Brian Robinson already remind him of a former Alabama great as  big backs who “knows how to run.”

“It’s like Derrick Henry,” Sims said.

Harris, who measures 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, isn’t quite Henry big (listed at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds on the Tennessee Titans’ website), but he certainly looks the part of a big, physical SEC back.

“He looks the part. He’s a big, physical bruising runner,” SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy said of Harris. “Though we haven’t seen him in action, I imagine if he plays the way he looks, he’s bound for big, incredible things here in Tuscaloosa where we’ve seen so many big backs in years past.”