Film Breakdown: ’15 Running Back Damien Harris

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Michigan is in the running for two of the nation’s top running back talent for the 2015 class. Damien Harris, a one-time Michigan commit, likes the Wolverines, and his mother has even said that they are still in the lead for his services.

Shortly after OC Al Borges was fired, Harris decommitted from the University, and opened his recruitment back up. Harris is a talent that Michigan cannot miss out on if they want to establish the run again in Ann Arbor. Having a backfield of Derrick Green, DeVeon Smith, and Damien Harris would be lethal under new OC Doug Nussmeier, with all 3 getting significant snaps. Harris could make an impact as soon as he steps on campus, and could possibly return kicks in his freshman year.
At the Best of the Midwest showcase, Harris recently ran a 4.3 40 yard dash. Blazing speed like that is something every coach in the country will try and recruit. For example, Harris was just offered by Alabama Head Coach, Nick Saban. 
Michigan seems to be in good shape with Harris, but maintaining their lead will not be easy; Remember Da’Shawn Hand was once a Michigan lean. Keeping their head above water until the last few weeks in January, that is nothing but good news. They don’t need to be the leader all year, they just need to remain in the running. 
I’ve watched his tape and you can read about his skill set after the jump.
Speed: Harris’ speed is his one of his best attributes, and his ability to break-away from tacklers improves his game tremendously. 
Game Changer: Harris can change the game with one move. He can turn a short gain into a touchdown. Basically, he drives defensive coordinators nuts. 
Impact Player: He also is an impact player. He is often the best player on the field when he laces up, so it doesn’t hurt coming in with a little confidence. He will have to earn this title in college, however. 
Overall: Harris is a solid football player, and definitely lives up to his high praise. Depending on his college choice, he could make an impact and soon as his freshman year on campus. He has 4.3 speed, and all the tools to be a good/elite football player at the next level. Harris will be a household name come this time next year, and coaches from the nation’s power conferences will be trying to sell their school to him, which makes it more important that Michigan remains on good terms with him.

Penn State
Miami (FL)
Ohio State
Notre Dame
South Carolina
Fresno State
Wake Forest 

David Mormino
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David Mormino is a 23 year old journalist for Graduate of Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Previously worked for and MLBAM. Podcast Host on WolverineSounds for The Book of Mormino.