By Jackie Ward

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — A Bay Area athlete considered to be the number one college football recruit in the country is already setting his sights on a college career.

Najee Harris is a star running back at Antioch High School. He is verbally committed to attend Alabama.

And to top it all off, everything you hear and read about Harris is that he’s the real deal off the field as well. He’s known to be a modest, focused teen who just wants to work hard and play football.

With his remarkable moves, it’s no wonder Harris has been offered more than 30 scholarships from some of the top college football programs in the country.

“Man, he’s electrifying. Very talented, very excited to play,” said Antioch resident and fan Jeremiah Stephens. “He’s got that NFL potential.”

Two years ago as a sophomore, Harris ran for more than 2,200 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. That was when offers started rolling in.

“He is a hometown hero for this community,” said Stephens. “He has a great heart, he’s a great football player, as well as a great student at Antioch High School and we ought to be proud.”

Now as a senior, Harris is a strapping 6 foot 3 and 226 pounds. While he made a verbal commitment to Alabama, there are still some trying to entice him elsewhere. Former 49ers coach Jim harbaugh would prefer harris come to ann arbor, michigan to play for michigan. Harbaugh has visited the bay area three times recently.

Harris is expected to graduate ahead of his class this winter, which means he could be practicing with his new college team as early as the upcoming spring.

Until then, he’s a panther and will try to build off his average of 202.7 rushing yards per game and maybe get his 30th touchdown of the season.

Friday night the Antioch High Panthers will take on the San Ramon Valley Wolves for the last game of the regular season.


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