Alabama appears to have secured another top prospect.
Five-star running back Najee Harris, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, appears set to enroll at Alabama after landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Sunday afternoon.
Spring semester classes begin at Alabama on Wednesday.
Harris told reporters at Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas that he was still undecided on which still he would attend. Michigan made the strongest push to flip Harris, with California and UCLA also in the mix.
Harris, from Antioch, California, has been committed to Alabama since April 2015.
Harris was at the airport with four-star prospect Tua Tagovailoa, the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback, who will also enroll early at Alabama. The pair were on the same flight together after Tagovailoa also participated at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Per 247Sports Composite, Harris (6 feet 3, 226 pounds) will be the highest-rated recruit Alabama has ever signed since it began its recruiting service in 2000. Overall, the Crimson Tide has landed 45 five-star prospects over that stretch, including 40 since coach Nick Saban was hired in 2007.
With Alabama, Harris will join a backfield that already has two former five-star running backs in Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough, both of whom will be juniors next season. Trent Richardson (2009 class) and T.J. Yeldon (2012 class) are the Crimson Tide’s other former five-star running backs.
Currently, 247Sports ranks Alabama’s 2017 class ranks first nationally for the seventh straight year. Four-star running back and Tuscaloosa native Brian Robinson also is committed in the Crimson Tide’s upcoming class.
Alabama plays Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night.
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