Aug 31, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Two footballs sit on the goal line before the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Rice Owls at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Damien Harris: No 1 running back recruit releases top five schools

Five-star running back Damien Harris (Berea, Ken. Madison Southern) trimmed his list of suitors to a top five as the No. 1 running back in the nation revealed his list via Twitter on Friday evening.

Making the cut for the 5-11, 205-pound running back in alphabetical order are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

Oregon, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame dropped out of contention from his top eight schools Harris released in early June. The Aggies offered Harris earlier in the day on Friday and are the newcomer to his group of schools he is considering playing his college football.

According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Harris is the nation’s No. 24 player overall regardless of position, the No. 1 running back and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Kentucky.

The 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year ran for 2,621 yards last season as a junior on 220 carries with 42 rushing touchdowns. Over the last two seasons, Harris has scored 77 touchdowns and rushed for 4,399 yards.

His ability to run around would-be tacklers and his strength and power to run through tackles makes Harris such a coveted recruit who should be able to make an immediate impact at whichever college he decided to continue his playing career.

The favorite to land the talented ball-carrier is the Ohio State Buckeyes who hold 69 percent of the picks on his 247Sports Crystal Ball with Kentucky receiving 17 and Michigan the remaining 14 percent.

He has an official visit scheduled for Ohio State on Nov. 28 when the Buckeyes host the Wolverines.

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