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January 21, 2014

Damien Harris decommits

Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern five-star running back Damien Harris has decommitted from Michigan. The No. 5 player - and top running back - in the nation for the 2015 class, Harris pledged to the Maize and Blue in July. Just six months later, he has decided it was too soon to make that choice.

Harris grew up a Michigan fan, but his other tie to Ann Arbor was through the Wolverines' offensive coordinator, Al Borges. Madison Southern head coach Jon Clark was a graduate assistant at Auburn when Borges was the offensive coordinator, and the two have a close relationship. When Borges was fired, it inserted a level of doubt into Harris' pledge. Ultimately, he opened things up to explore more of his options - which include the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

Michigan's coaches responded by offering Princeton (N.C.) three-star running back Johnny Frasier yesterday afternoon, in advance of the news from Harris going public.

Four-stars Soso Jamabo, the No. 34 overall prospect and No. 2 running back nationally out of Plano (Texas) West, Jacques Patrick, the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 3 running back out of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, and local product Mike Weber out of Detroit Cass Tech (No. 108 overall and No. 11 among running backs) are all still on the table for the Wolverines.

As is the case each year in recruiting, there are certain to be many twists and turns with the 2015 Michigan class. Even when elite early commitments are secured, nothing is set in stone until National Signing Day.

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