Najee Harris, the No. 1 player in the class of 2017 and a five-star running back, is committed to Alabama, but he is very much a soft verbal.
Harris, who committed to the Crimson Tide back on April 18, 2015, spoke about his commitment status to USA Today, and admitted that he is not locked into Alabama, and will use all five of his official visits.
“I’m going to take my five visits, but I just don’t know where,” Harris said. “Let’s say this: My mind isn’t set on Alabama. I’m not 100 percent set on Alabama. I’m trying to see what else is out there for me. I’m using my visits to see. As much attention as I’ve gotten, I feel like I have helped my teammates get some offers, too.”
Harris has taken one very notable visit since his Alabama commitment: he took in the spring game at Ohio State, which is battling Alabama for the No. 1 2017 class. The California native also holds offers from Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, USC, and virtually every other power program out there.
Alabama, which currently has the No. 2 class in the nation behind only the Buckeyes, has 21 commits, headlined by Harris. Four-star running back Brian Robinson is also a member of the Crimson Tide class.
It sounds like Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide staff still has some work to do in this one, but we wouldn't bet against 'Bama in recruiting, ever. Alabama has signed the nation's best class for six straight seasons.
Najee Harris is having a monster senior season for the Antioch High School Panthers. Through six games, Harris has 113 carries for an eye-popping 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns, as well as five catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, he rushed for 2,744 yards and 36 touchdowns, averaging 11.3 yards per carry.