SAN ANTONIO – It’s been an eventful couple of days here in the state that does it bigger than any other. We learned that Najee Harris won’t announce, but will simply show up. Darnay Holmes cut Michigan from his top group. And Richard LeCounte nearly destroyed a dude.
Now, it’s Wednesday. And things are getting really confusing with the Najee Harris saga – one that has more twists and turns than Star Wars. Meanwhile, things seem to have taken shape with Chuck Filiaga, who looks more and more like a Wolverine by the day.
There was no practice Wednesday. Media members were given “access” to the All-Americans for about 30 minutes. Some recruits gave us time to talk, others blitzed to their rooms.
But, in a plot twist beyond any other, Harris stayed to talk.
The Najee Harris Saga: Episode XXII
Actually, it’s probably Episode 300 of this saga. But, nonetheless, it’s winding down. The nation’s No. 1 player, according to the 247Sports composite rating system, California 5-star RB Najee Harris, will not announce, but rather arrive at his school of choice. How/when will we find out? That is still unknown. All we can hope is that the school he chooses tweets out where he signs, when he signs and maybe even how he signs.
News hit early Wednesday that Alabama QB commit Tua Tagovailoa told 247Sports at the same media session that he and Harris will board the same plane from San Antonio to Birmingham, Ala. Meaning, Harris already bought his plane ticket and made his final choice to pick the Tide.
A lot of questions remain. When Harris was asked about it, he simply answered, “What flight?”
If I’m Harris, and I’ve dragged this situation out to this extent, then I’m pretty upset that my future quarterback decided to spoil it.
Why wouldn’t Harris just say he’s sticking with Alabama and get this over with? He doesn’t want to talk to the media, unless it’s about something other than his recruitment. So why drag this out? And, especially, when someone finally says you have a plane ticket, why dispute it? And make people want to ask you even more questions?
So, to answer the grand question, I’ve talked with as many people/sources as possible. Michigan is still confident, its commits are still confident, and nothing has changed since this week started with the Harris recruitment. Despite what an Alabama quarterback commit might say.
Perhaps there’s a reason Michigan quarterback commit Dylan McCaffrey has been so mum about the situation?
A. He doesn’t know.
B. He doesn’t want to give anything away for a big surprise.
McCaffrey is a quiet dude. But, I know for a fact he’s behind the scenes talking to Harris. Additionally, they’re playing on the same West team in the Army Bowl. Harris has taken multiple handoffs from him this week.
On top of that, here are some observations gathered from Wednesday’s events:
- Harris walked around with McCaffrey quite a bit.
- Chuck Filiaga walked out of the event next to Harris. They were on their own, and Filiaga was doing the talking.
- I’ve heard rumblings that Filiaga has been spreading good words to multiple Michigan targets throughout this week. And if that holds true, you can bet he was saying the same things to Harris.
To answer this question plainly: I’m still sticking with my feeling on the Harris recruitment. I still sit at about 55/45 Michigan.
But, as for now, despite Tagovailoa’s comments: Nothing has changed.
We will find out the final chapter to the saga on Monday, most likely.
As I always say … buckle up!