While it is a very long time until Damien Harris may see the field in Ann Arbor, the 2015 running back from Berea, Kentucky (Madison Southern) committed to the Michigan Wolverines over offers from Florida, Kentucky, and others. While Kentucky never made it into the picture until Mark Stoops came to town, the new Kentucky staff was hoping to land this great in-state talent. Since his arrival in Lexington, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has made a point to keep the best in-state players and get them in a blue and white jersey. For now, Stoops may have lost his chance to reel in Damien Harris.
Nobody can blame Harris for his decision. He has publicly called Michigan his “dream school”, and they gave him the opportunity. Kentucky has yet to prove anything on the football field since this new coaching staff has taken over. The staff is blazing a trail on the recruiting front, but the on the field growing pains are just around the corner. Michigan is a proven powerhouse and is capable of getting into the national championship picture. The Wolverines are clearly on another level and Harris wants to be a part of that. Do you think this will stop Mark Stoops? Probably not.
Stoops was able to sway Jason Hatcher away from Louisville and Southern Cal, score Ryan Timmons, and keep Drew Barker away from the ole ball coach down in South Carolina. He has gone toe-to-toe with the best recruiters in the nation for Kentucky kids, and he’s won some of those battles. I’m really not sure if Stoops can actually sway Damien Harris away from Michigan, because he clearly loves the place. However, I wouldn’t label the feat as impossible. Stoops clearly has the time to prove himself as a college coach and prove Kentucky can be great. However, I don’t think Stoops will have time to show a guy like Harris that Kentucky should be the better option over Michigan.
Harris is ranked as the 10th best running back in the 2015 class and No. 1 running back in the state of Kentucky.