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5-Star RB Najee Harris: Lane Kiffin Leaving Wouldn’t Affect Alabama Commitment

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Five-star running back Najee Harris spoke with Campus Insiders about how Lane Kiffin possibly leaving Alabama would affect his commitment to the Crimson Tide. 


We’re coming down the home stretch here. National Signing Day is less than two months away, and the recruiting dead period sets in on Dec. 12.

Plenty of crazy storylines tend to unfold around this time, whether it be recruits flipping commitments or coaches taking new jobs. It happens every year, and 2016 isn’t any different.

In terms of coaches being on the move, one name could have a big impact on how this 2017 recruiting class shakes out. Lane Kiffin has been linked to a few different jobs. The Alabama offensive coordinator has mentioned for the LSU offensive coordinator job, the Houston head coaching gig and the job at USF – the latter of which appears to be a legitimate possibility.

If Kiffin were to leave the Crimson Tide, it very well could change the minds of a few recruits currently committed to Alabama. However, there is at least one recruit who would be unfazed by Kiffin’s potential departure: Najee Harris.

The nations’ No. 1 overall player spoke with Campus Insiders about how Kiffin could affect his recruitment.

“I mean, people come and go all the time,” Harris said of Kiffin possibly leaving Alabama. “I don’t even care.”

Maybe he shouldn’t care. After all, Nick Saban built the Tide into the juggernaut it currently is well before Kiffin arrived in Tuscaloosa.

But just because Kiffin doesn’t affect Harris’ recruitment, that doesn’t mean the 5-star running back is firmly committed to Alabama. He’s hinted in the past about not being completely solid to the Crimson Tide, and if any team were to flip him, it would be Michigan.

Harris enjoys Ann Arbor and has a connection with Jim Harbaugh.

“I took a trip there in the summer. It was a cool experience,” he said before addressing what he loves about Harbaugh. “[I love] how much of a people person he is.”

That trip to Michigan in the summer seems so long ago, though. That could be why the nation’s No. 1 running back is headed back to Ann Arbor this weekend — right before the dead period hits.

Harris declined to comment on his commitment to Alabama or whether there’s any chance he would flip from the Tide to the Wolverines.

So, long story short, Alabama fans need not worry about Kiffin derailing Harris’ road to T-Town. They should be more concerned about Harbaugh re-routing him to Ann Arbor.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

MORE: Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett Transferring To Pac-12 Program

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