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Najee Harris: ‘Best competition’ put Alabama over Michigan

The Detroit News
Najee Harris

Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris said his desire to compete against “the best” was the deciding factor in his choice of Alabama over Michigan.

The five-star Harris, ranked the No. 1 prospect in the nation by Scout.com, elected to join the Crimson Tide earlier this month after participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

“It was really close,” Harris told Landof10.com. “But every time I go to practice and every time I go in the weight room, I want to compete against the top athletes — the best. I want to compete against all of those guys. I’m always looking to get better. Alabama has a lot of resources to just get better. I just want to get better, and they have a lot of stuff to make that happen.”

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Harris (6-3, 225) is part of an Alabama 2017 recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Scout.com, with 20 of their 25 commitments ranked four stars or five stars.

Michigan’s class is ranked No. 3, with 26 commitments, 18 four-stars and one five-star (Detroit Cass Tech receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones).