Damien Harris has spent plenty of time fielding interest from college football programs across the country since ending a six-month commitment to Michigan in January. The 5-star running back prospect revealed his 10 favorite teams Friday afternoon, providing an indication of where his recruitment process stands.
Harris, a junior at Madison Southern High School in Berea, Ky., kept Michigan in the mix and opened the door to a future with Big Ten Conference rival Ohio State. Alabama, Auburn and Florida State each extended offers in February and have quickly made progress.
Florida hosted Harris last week and impressed him enough to make the cut. Kentucky has invested substantial time and effort into his recruitment, so the Wildcats can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the top in-state target is still a possibility. USC, Oklahoma and Tennessee also remain contenders for the dominant rusher, rounding out an eclectic group of squads from various conferences.
Harris holds dozens of offers, so there are some programs that undoubtedly feel left out of the party. Penn State, Miami, Wisconsin and Arkansas are among a lengthy list of teams that recently extended offers to the 5'11", 205-pound prospect.
Harris has been a remarkably productive running back throughout his high school career. He burst onto the national recruiting scene with startling success as an underclassmen.
Harris rushed for 2,520 yards and 46 touchdowns during his freshman and sophomore seasons. His statistics spiked in 2013, as he gained 2,621 yards and 42 scores in 12 games. He is rated No. 1 nationally among running backs in 247Sports' composite rankings, which also lists him No. 21 overall in the 2015 class.
Expect Harris to keep his options open late into the recruiting cycle. After announcing an early commitment last summer, he will spend time searching for the right option.