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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.”

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).

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