Scouting Report: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Antioch, CA 6013 | 227 | 4.54E | 2021

The freshman phenom is not just the top rated runningback on a number of different recruiting services but he’s been called “one of the most impressive running back recruits to come out since Reggie Bush” by one scout. His high school footage shows off a huge 6’1” kid that transfers his weight extremely well, excels at jump cuts and has elusiveness that belie his prototype size. Najee Harris plows through contact, drags would be tacklers with him and has great understanding of distance/angles. Perhaps one of his best traits is his ability as a receiver with ideal ball skills, terrific coordination/body control and outstanding leaping ability to go for jump balls. If he wasn’t such a gifted and powerful runner, he could be a very effective H-back or safety with his range, vertical presence and hands. Harris will be entering a very crowded backfield in Tuscaloosa but there’s no way a talent like this will go untapped, so expect to see flashes early from this prodigy who has a unique blend of Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell to his game.

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2017: The nation’s top recruit coming out of high school who figures into the Crimson Tide’s stable of backs … rushed 42 times for 232 yards with two touchdowns and  a long rush of 25 yards … ranks sixth in the SEC among freshmen for rushing yards … added three catches for 13 yards.

High School/Personal: A January 2017 early enrollee who was tabbed as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country by Rivals, Scout and PrepStar … unanimous five-star recruit by every major recruiting outlet … the consensus top-rated player in the state of California … the third-best prospect overall and No. 2 running back according to 247Composite … ranked ninth in the Top247 … No. 11 in ESPN 300 and the second-best running back nationally …played in the 2017 Army All-American Bowl … invited to participate in Nike’s “The Opening” in 2015 and 2016 … named MVP of the 2016 Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge … 2017 first team Parade All-American … 2016 Bobby Dodd National High School Running Back of the Year … 2015 and 2016 first team All-USA selection by USA Today … finished his career with 7,948 career rushing yards, the fourth-most in California high school football history … rushed for 2,776 yards and 36 touchdowns during his senior season … ran for 2,744 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior in 2015 … rushed for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign … 2015 Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football State Player of the Year … named the All-Metro Player of the Year by The San Francisco Chronicle in both 2015 and 2016 … played for head coach John Lucido at Antioch … chose Alabama over Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and USC.

Joe Everett

Joe Everett is the Director of College Scouting for NFL Draft Bible, he is the Founder of DraftScouts.com, also the Lead Editor & Defensive Statistician for Insider Football and member of the PFWA & FWAA.

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