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Alabama RB Najee Harris returned to California for high school diploma

Alabama freshman running back Najee Harris graduates from Antioch (Calif.) High School: Photo courtesy of Mitch Stephens' Twitter account

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– He may have missed prom, senior skip day and all the other shenanigans that come during the second semester of your final high school year, but Alabama freshman running back Najee Harris returned to California on Friday for the most important thing: his diploma on graduation night.

Before securing the promise he made to Antioch High School, Harris was dropping jaws at spring practice for the Crimson Tide. As he displayed a dangerous combination of size, strength and speed, his new teammates and coaching staff will find ways to use him in the upcoming fall.

Harris, 6-2 and 227 pounds, was a unanimous five-star prospect and the top-rated prospect according to multiple recruiting networks in 2017. His 7,948 career rushing yards stands fourth most in California high school football history. Harris would total 95 touchdowns in three years. He led all backs in rushing on A-Day with 70 yards on 17 carries, while racking up three receptions for 37 yards back on April 22.

During a teleconference for Southeastern Conference coaches on May 15, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Harris will be ‘a really, really good player.’

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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