Video: Najee Harris - Antioch (CA) Early 2014 Highlights
See Alabama's most recent big-name recruit
And college scouts thought Antioch (Calif.)
running back Najee Harris
hit the hole fast. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore also needs little time to make up his mind as well.
Over the weekend, Harris became the first Class of 2017 recruit to commit to the University of Alabama. See feature on Najee Harris
Considered a cross between current Alabama running back Derrick Henry (prep football's all-time rushing king) and Georgia's Todd Gurley, Harris rushed 271 times for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games for the Panthers.
He's been touted the 16th-best overall recruit in the country for his class by 247Sports and the No. 2 running back.
The chief recruiter on the Alabama front is linebacker coach Tosh Lupoi, a graduate of nearby De La Salle (about 20 miles from Antioch), who had previous stops at Cal and Washington.
According to reports, Harris made his commitment on an unofficial visit to Alabama during the program's A-Day game.
Like Henry in high school, Harris was a workhorse for Antioch, with at least 25 carries in six different games. His biggest outing was a 30-carry, 371-yard, four-touchdown game in a 50-26 first-round playoff win over San Leandro.
The win was significant because Antioch was 1-9 in 2013.
Harris, born in Washington, had 20 offers, mostly on the west coast, including USC, UCLA, Washington and Arizona. Outside of the west, Michigan, Tennessee and Oklahoma State were among other hopefuls.