Harris (22) in 2019
|Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 22|
|High school||Antioch (CA)|
|Born:||March 9, 1998|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
Harris played his high school football career at Antioch High School in Antioch, California. As a sophomore in 2014, Harris rushed for 2,263 yards with 23 touchdowns. As a junior he had 2,744 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. As a senior, he had 2,776 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns.
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. 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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Antioch, CA||Antioch (CA)||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||226 lb (103 kg)||Apr 18, 2015|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: 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)|
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.
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.
With Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs off to the NFL, Harris became the starting running back for Alabama Crimson Tide. 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.
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.
- Kroichick, Ron (November 28, 2015). "Antioch's Najee Harris has run into national spotlight". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Top-ranked Antioch football player’s future is bright
- Antioch High School’s Najee Harris leading team to new heights
- The Najee Chronicles
- "2017 ESPN 300". ESPN. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Zenor, John (August 20, 2019). "Najee Harris finally gets to be Alabama's primary runner". yahoo.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Kercheval, Ben (January 15, 2020). "Alabama star RB Najee Harris decides to return to school in 2020, holding off NFL Draft". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 15, 2020.