Madison Southern star Damien Harris is the highest-rated Kentucky high school player in the era of recruiting rankings and UK’s top target in the class of 2015.
He also happens to play a position that is among the Cats’ deepest moving forward.
UK is expected to return five experienced running backs in 2015, when Harris will be a college freshman. If he picks Kentucky, he’ll have to work to earn a prominent role early in his career. But that will be the case at any of his five finalists.
Not counting players who are currently seniors, the five schools remaining on Harris’ list boast a total of 13 running backs who were ranked in the Rivals 100 coming out of high school, and 20 who were ranked in the Rivals 250.
Alabama and Ohio State each have six Rivals 250 running backs who would be eligible to return to college in 2015. UK and Florida have three apiece, while Texas A&M has two such players.
Here’s a closer look at each program’s projected running back situation for next season, with each player’s current year in college and rankings from Rivals.com: