Damien Harris, the No. 1 ranked running back on the ESPN 300 Class of 2015, has released his top five schools. Harris tweeted out his list Friday and is moving closer to his decision.

 

Michigan is noticeably absent from the top list that includes Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

Michigan seems to have already honed in on another back with fellow ESPN 300 running back Mike Weber, who has a top five of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and USC. Weber and Michigan have been moving closer and closer, and it seems as though the Wolverines are in good shape with the Detroit prospect.

Despite growing up a Michigan fan and previously being committed to the Wolverines, it looks as though Ohio State is trending positively for Harris. He and several Ohio State commitments, including Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard, have developed a good friendship and that could impact his decision.

Alabama is in good shape with Harris and ESPN 300 running back Jacques Patrick as well. The Tide already have DeSherrius Flowers on board and a stable of running backs on the roster, so adding either Harris or Patrick to the list could boost their success in the future run game.

Kentucky fans are hoping the Wildcats can keep Harris in-state to help on the field and potentially help recruit other prospects. It might be tough to keep him home, but Kentucky also has a shot with Darrin Hall if Harris decides to go elsewhere.

Texas A&M is relatively new to the list as the Aggies only offered Harris on Friday, so the coaches might have a little ground to make up compared to the other teams.

As it stands, the race for Harris seems to be between the Buckeyes and the home state Wildcats.

Harris is set to announce on Dec. 13, but he has flirted with the idea of making a decision sooner than anticipated.

Depending on when he actually decides, there still might be time for the other teams on his list to make a move.
On June 20, the Texas A&M Aggies got the 2016 class started off with the loudest bang possible, No. 1 ranked overall Greg Little. On Aug. 1, Kevin Sumlin added yet another talented prospect to the class receiving a commitment from No. 128 Travon Fuller.


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Michigan State continues to build on the momentum of their 2013 Big Ten championship season. With three ESPN 300 commitments in the fold in the 2015 class, the Spartans got their 2016 class started in impressive fashion on Friday, picking up a verbal pledge from ESPN Junior 300 receiver Cameron Chambers, ranked No. 145 in the class.


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ESPN 300 athlete Traveon Samuel is an absolute nightmare in space and he should excel in Bobby Petrino's system. He committed to Louisville on Friday.


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Weekly commitment roundup 

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS schools from July 25 -- August 1:

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The Gators' latest addition, Mike Horton, has the frame, strength and mean streak to dominate defenders in a phone booth.


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ESPN 300 defensive back Rico McGraw flipped his commitment from Georgia to SEC rival Alabama. McGraw, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a very versatile defender and should provide immediate depth in the secondary for the Crimson Tide.


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The Florida State Seminoles' latest addition, four-star ESPN 300 QB Deondre Francois, may be the eventual heir apparent to Jameis Winston. Here's a look at what his commitment means for the Seminoles:


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#ESPN300 chat with Josh Sweat (noon ET)

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Recruiting Nation's experts join to chat with top recruit Josh Sweat, and answer all of your #ESPN300 questions.

To put it mildly, James Franklin has Penn State rolling on the recruiting trail. Not only do the Nittany Lions currently have the No. 5 ranked class in 2015 according to RecruitingNation, but they are off and running in 2016 as well. On Wednesday, Penn State picked up a second ESPN Jr300, and it’s a big one -- No. 30 Shane Simmons.


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Best cross-conference recruiting battles 

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Some recruits get attention from all over the country. Whether it’s their prowess or proximity to multiple teams, top prospects will have schools from multiple conferences pursuing them. ESPN.com’s conference recruiting reporters look at five players in the recently updated ESPN 300 who have different conferences after them and have recruiting battles that could carry throughout the fall.

NOTE: For battles with multiple teams, reporters chose reported leaders or best fits.


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video Josh Sweat, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, has lined up all five of his official visits. Sweat said he turned down more than 50 scholarship offers to focus on Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. He also said Texas A&M and Auburn are also still under consideration.


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Shane Simmons announcement

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ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Shane Simmons is set to make his college decision. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound prospect has a litany of offers from power programs all over the country. Simmons will announce his decision live on ESPN.com. Tune in at 2 p.m. ET for the announcement.

 
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Defensive end Josh Sweat's performance earlier this month at Nike's The Opening was one of many impressive outings for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Chesapeake, Virginia, prospect. We’re going inside the scouting report to take another look at the new No. 1 player in the 2015 ESPN 300.


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While one recruit will never truly make or break a recruiting class, some come closer than others. Every Pac-12 program has a must-get recruit in mind, whether it's a national standout whose commitment would rock the recruiting landscape, a star at a position where that program simply cannot miss, or a local prospect who can't be allowed to leave the area.


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