The nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2017, 5-star RB Najee Harris from Antioch (Calif.) High, made news earlier this week when he said he wasn’t 100-percent committed to Alabama. On Wednesday, his mother Tianna Hicks told Hank South of BamaOnLine that his statements were likely misinterpreted or misquoted.
“That was news to all of us,” Hicks told BamaOnLine. “So what he says — because he is getting tired of the recruit talk — when he’s asked if he’s committed to Alabama, he says I’m committed to Antioch (his high school). He came home last night to me and said, ‘Did you see what was put out there?’ and I’m going ‘yeah but I had to check with you.’
“He said, ‘No I didn’t say anything like that.’I know how he talks; whoever he talked to probably caught him saying, ‘I’m not thinking about Alabama right now, I’m thinking about Antioch.’
“It’s nothing about, ‘I’m not 100-percent committed to Alabama,’ it’s someone taking what he said a different way. He’s more focused on Antioch and finishing up his season, and then he’ll move on to Alabama. I know my boy, it’s probably something he said because he gets irritated with it, so now his response to that question is, ‘I’m committed to Antioch.'”
“We’re still strong with Alabama,” Hicks went on to tell South. “That’s our spot.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh would be at his Antioch game on Friday in an effort to try to flip the prized running back.
Hicks said also said that Harris is still planning to make all five of his official visits, though scheduling has been difficult. One of those five visits, she said, includes Michigan.