Najee Harris was the 2nd-ranked recruit and the top-ranked running back in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite. Tua Tagovailoa was the 32nd-ranked guy and the top dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017. As 5-stars, they had their pick among college football’s elite. Both chose Alabama.

Now, both are in the NFL. Harris plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tagovailoa for the Miami Dolphins. Both were 1st-round NFL Draft selections. Both had tremendous careers for the Tide. But one doesn’t begin his journey in Alabama without the other. In a video shared on TikTok, Harris revealed it was Tagovailoa who convinced him to pick Alabama over Michigan.

“Michigan bought me a flight and Alabama bought me a flight and Tua was in the room,” Harris said. “I was cool with Tua in high school. He was just reading his bible in his room. I was like, ‘Hey man, you going to Alabama?’ And he was like ‘Come with me bruh, come with me brother.’ All that stuff. I’m like, yeah, I am going to come with you.”

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Harris ran for 370 yards on 61 carries as a freshman in 2017. When the job became his full-time in 2019, he ran wild. Over his final two seasons in Tuscaloosa, Harris ran for 2,690 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and 39 touchdowns. In 2020 alone, Harris found the endzone 26 times on the ground. He was part of 2 national championship-winning Alabama teams.

Tagovailoa was taken No. 5 overall in the 2020 Draft. Harris was picked a year later at No. 24.