Nation’s top high school football recruit finds a new way of announcing his college pick

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Najee Harris, rated the nation’s top high school prospect, has devised a novel way of announcing which college he will attend next fall: He’s just going to show up on campus.

The running back, who plays for Antioch (Calif.) High School, has committed to Alabama, but Michigan has been pressing him lately, so, rather than holding a news conference and putting on one of two hats placed before him, he plans to head to the airport after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Sunday in San Antonio.

[Photo: Tom Hauck/]
[Photo: Tom Hauck/]
“I’m still committed to Alabama, but I will know for sure by Saturday where I’m going to go,” Harris said earlier this week. “I’m not going to announce anything during the game or anything like that. I’ll just know where for sure I’m going. I know I’m going from San Antonio to college.”

Harris, rated the top prospect by 247Sports, officially visited ‘Bama and Michigan and, according to, has been in contact with the Crimson Tide every day. It is unclear how often he and Michigan officials have communicated, but Coach Jim Harbaugh has been undeterred by a commitment to Alabama that dates to last spring. Harbaugh hosted at Antioch in June and announced the homecoming queen while watching Harris play in October.

Harris visited Michigan in August for the barbecue at the Big House annual recruiting event and took an official visit to Ann Arbor in December, according to

So, after Sunday afternoon’s game, Harris will simply head to the airport.

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