Alabama 5-star RB commit plans to use all five official visits to other schools
The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2017 class, running back Najee Harris, has been committed to Alabama since his sophomore year.
But according to Bleacher Report, he still plans on visiting several other schools before National Signing Day in early February.
“I’m trying to take all my officials if I can,” Harris said.
Harris will head to Michigan this weekend and plans on checking out in-state programs Cal and USC.
“I’ll be focused on the people—who you’ll be around with for your years in college,” he said. “The community is what matters. Your position coach and your head coach. That’s the main thing.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound one-man wrecking crew had some kind words for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who “created quite a stir” when he visited Antioch High School earlier in Harris’ recruiting process.
“He’s a legend in my area in a way,” Harris said. “What Harbaugh did—to go to the NFL and do that, then go to college at Michigan and do that again—that’s one of the best coaches.”
MaxPreps has Harris down for over 7,500 rushing yards and 97 touchdowns during his three-year high school career, helping him draw comparisons to Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry.
“Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry are two that come to mind that I have scouted that I can compare him to,” U.S. Army All-American Bowl national recruiting director Erik Richards said. “Najee is better out of the backfield than both of those U.S. Army Bowl alumni.”
National Signing Day will be on Wednesday, Feb. 1 this cycle. With Harris included, Nick Saban’s 2017 class ranks No. 1 nationally.