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Five-Star Running Back Najee Harris Impressed with Kansas Coaching Staff

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It might be a few years before Najee Harris is eligible to play in college, but the fact he chose to attend a Kansas practice is a great sign for head coach David Beaty and the bigger picture of Jayhawk football.

Kansas head football coach David Beaty is gaining a great reputation among recruits.
Kansas head football coach David Beaty is gaining a great reputation among recruits.
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It's way too early in the game to be excited, but it never hurts when a five-star running back visits your school.

That is exactly what Antioch, CA's Najee Harris did this week at the University of Kansas. KUsports.com is reporting the high school sophomore attended Jayhawk practice Monday, on the heels of a mid-March visit, and liked what he saw.

More from the article:

On both visits, Harris was accompanied by Mori Suesue, who is helping the standout running back with his visit. After the first visit, Suesue left Lawrence with a positive feel about the Jayhawks.

"The staff coach Beaty has put together is legit," Suesue told Kirby in March. "It felt like home, it wasn’t scripted or fake. That’s how all of the visits should be."

The fact Harris is currently a member of the 2017 high school recruiting class, should keep Jayhawk fans at the "cautiously optimistic" level, but it's still a good sign.

He actually has 20 D-I offers including Alabama, USC, Arizona, UCLA, and Michigan among others, according to 247Sports. However, the quote about Beaty has to leave KU fans thinking at the very least athletic director Sheahon Zenger made a good choice when replacing Charlie Weis this past offseason.

Offensive coordinator Rob Likens is one of the coaches recruiting Harris. He came to Lawrence after two years on the staff at Cal, which is located in Harris' home state and one of the schools to already offer the No. 4 overall running back a scholarship.

Here are some highlights from Harris' sophomore, 2014 season. There are many to be excited about, but check out his change of direction and burst of speed at the 1:20 mark.