Najee Harris

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Najee Harris
Najee Harris.jpg
Harris (22) in 2019
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 22
PositionRunning back
ClassSenior
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolAntioch (CA)
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-09) March 9, 1998 (age 22)
Martinez, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Najee Jerome Harris (born March 9, 1998) is an American football running back for the Alabama Crimson Tide.[1]

High school career[edit]

Harris played his high school football career at Antioch High School in Antioch, California.[2] As a sophomore in 2014, Harris rushed for 2,263 yards with 23 touchdowns.[3][4] As a junior he had 2,744 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns.[5] As a senior, he had 2,776 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns.[6]

Year Games Attempts Yards TD
2013 5 33 165 1
2014 11 271 2,263 23
2015 12 243 2,744 36
2016 13 291 2,776 34

Recruiting[edit]

Harris was considered the #1 recruit in the class of 2017, by Scout. ESPN ranked him the No. 3 overall prospect of the class of 2017, 247Sports as the number 2, while Rivals had him as the number 1 overall.[7] Harris received offers from multiple top football programs including, Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, USC Trojans, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2015. Harris was one of the most hyped running back recruits since Bryce Brown in 2009 and Leonard Fournette in 2014. Multiple recruiting experts compared him to Adrian Peterson.[8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Najee Harris
RB
Antioch, CA Antioch (CA) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Apr 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 93
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (RB); 1 (West); 1 (Cal)   Rivals: 1 (RB); 1 (Natl); 1 (Cal)  247Sports: 1 (Natl); 1 (RB); 1 (Cal)  ESPN: 1 (RB); 1 (West); 1 (Cal)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Alabama Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "2017 Alabama Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.

College career[edit]

Freshman[edit]

As a freshman, Harris played in all 14 games but had limited carries as players like Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, and Josh Jacobs handled the main workload. Harris finished the season with 370 yards on 61 carries averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He also scored three rushing touchdowns.[9]

Sophomore[edit]

In his sophomore season, Harris was third on the depth chart behind Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs. Harris played in 15 games, recording 783 yards on 117 carries and scoring four rushing touchdowns. Harris had his best game against Arkansas State, carrying the ball 13 times and gaining a career-high 135 yards.

Junior[edit]

With Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs off to the NFL, Harris became the starting running back for Alabama Crimson Tide.[10] During this season, Harris had 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 27 passes for 304 yards and 7 touchdowns. Despite speculation that he would declare for the 2020 NFL Draft, Harris announced that he would return to Alabama for his senior year.[11]

Senior[edit]

In 2020, Harris was the starting running back for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Against the Missouri Tigers, Harris had 17 attempts for 98 yards and 3 touchdowns. Against the Georgia Bulldogs he ran for 31 attempts with 152 yards, 1 touchdown and 4.9 yards on average. His best game of the season was against Ole Miss, where he attempted 23 rushes for 206 yards, 5 touchdowns for a 9.0 yard average.

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