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70 Days ‘Til Alabama Football: Najee Harris announces his arrival

Najee showed that he is ready to contribute.

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I’m not sure that there’s been a more anxious high profile signing in recent years at Alabama quite like Najee Harris’. In fairness to Harris, the majority of the smoke came from doing his due diligence taking his officials, as well as hopeful wishing from rival schools like Michigan and Cal, as well as statements made by his family.

To refresh your memory:

Najee Harris’ recruitment got decidedly weird the last six weeks of the season. Harris’ mother and brother were apparently very interested in keeping him close to California, and for a while the Bears were thought to be in the mix. All in the backdrop, was the push from Michigan — which had no elite back and very much is in need of one for Harbaugh’s scheme. Playing time, and a lot of it early, seemed to await at Ann Arbor. Then, there were the dueling plane trips and decision dates Harris made the first week of January, as he was deciding between Michigan and Alabama.

In the end (with a big assist from fellow early enrollee, and now-roommate, Tua Tagovailoa) Najee stayed true to his commitment...

Alabama’s is a crowded backfield, to be sure: In addition to the excellent receivers and quarterbacks in the passing game, the Tide’s will still lean heavily on a ground game featuring four returning backs that could legitimately play for any school in the country: Bo Scarbrough, B.J. Emmons. Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris. To that talent, add incoming freshmen Chadarius Townsend, Brian Robinson, and the one many wanted to see the most, Najee Harris.

Harris, a long, athletic back with exceptional power enrolled early and was able to don a crimson uniform by April.

He did not disappoint:

For a true freshman, Harris put in a veteran effort.

Using a mix of physicality and nice footwork, the 6’1 200-pounder led all backs on the ground. He carried the ball for 70 tough yards against the Alabama first-team defense on just 14 carries. Yes, he’s a work in progress in the passing game, but his physical skills are surprisingly polished for an 18-year old kid. Harris’ vision, power, decision-making, and his feet show why he’s a superstar just waiting for carries.

Getting those carries may be tough to work in, but it’s safe to say the coaching staff will find a way. He has the potential to be a generational talent at the position. If this is not the nation’s best offense, it will be by next Spring.

70 days ‘til Alabama football.

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