Najee Harris Update Part 31482375098 - Tua is Smart, Wasn't Supposed to Leak, Doesn't Know Anything

Submitted by EastCoast on January 5th, 2017 at 10:14 AM

The saga continues...


“I’ll just say Tua is a smart kid and leave it like that,” the source said. As we were talking, the report broke about Tagovailoa saying the two were on the same flight. That’s when things got interesting. “He (Tua) wasn’t supposed to leak that out yet,” the source said. “Tua doesn’t know anything.”

The source says he wasn't supposed to leak it out "yet," so I'm still pessimistic.

That said, who knows?


Maison Bleue

January 5th, 2017 at 11:53 AM ^

The last thing I read from Sam is that he has info that shows one of two things. Either Najee is telling both Michigan and Alabama the same positive things, or he is only telling Michigan these things and he will be a Wolverine. That said, Sam's opinion is that Najee isn't the type of kid that would play both sides like that, take that FWIW.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:35 AM ^

My opinion?

Najee has told both Alabama and Michigan that he is committed, hence the optimism on both sides.  He has to disappoint one, but does not want to.  I think he's in a situation where he has to break bad news, but may be too... (I dunno) shy, nice, non-confrontational, nervous... to do it.  Pick one.

It fits with his behavior.  Doesn't want to announce.  Puts the decision off.  Just wants to show up to a school.  I don't think he wants to call either coaching staff and rescind the commitment.

I've been there to some extent.  Putting off telling one group that I have to back off of a job offer I had accepted.  It's hard to make that call, but eventually you have to do it.  I think avoiding that call makes me a little concerned about his confidence and follow through.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:51 AM ^

Yep.  Human and flawed.  People are all debating on WHY he would drag it out like this.  In my opinion, this has probably gotten away from him and the longer he waits, the more stress is building on his end towards which way to go.

So I think it's a coin flip.  Which offer does he eventually select?  Nobody actually knows right now.


January 5th, 2017 at 11:36 AM ^

Conjecture?  Yes.  Fiction?  That's a little bit of a reach.  I would say it is my best guess given an incomplete set of data.  Almost everything on here is conjecture.  I never said this IS what is going on behind the scenes.  I just suggested the a potential reason for why this is happening.  It's just as accurate as all the other speculation.

He suggested there is no evidence that Najee is conflicted or wavering.  I would consider that a really dumb assertion, as there is a bunch of evidence that he is both.


January 5th, 2017 at 12:20 PM ^

If Najee just shows up at one school, the other school has no options.  They can't put on the hard press, because he's already enrolled.

Conversely, If he were to annouce to one, the other would jump on the first flight and "get in his face".  This appears to be something he wants to avoid.


January 5th, 2017 at 11:02 AM ^

when recruits pick another school, I can't imagine why this high profile recruit would be nervous about making the decision and call.

Add in the fact that he probably bonded with recruits and coaches on both sides and the dissapointment that is inevitable on one side and its even harder to understand why he doesn't just tell the world since we can't wait the extra week. 

some people, right. 


January 5th, 2017 at 11:07 AM ^

I don't know if you thought my post was an indictment on how Harris is handling it, but it wasn't meant to be.  It's hard to let people down.  Even harder when you're letting down people you like and also thousands of people you don't know, many of which are chemically imbalanced.  The right thing to do is to end it as soon as you're sure, but it is not the easy thing to do.


January 5th, 2017 at 11:37 AM ^

with a sarcastic remark. 

I think your assesment of the situation is on the mark. He seems like a really nice kid.  He and his mom went and visited one of my wife's patients in Mott on his official visit to look at what type of volunteer programs he'd be doing. 

In 2008 I had an opportunity to go to Houston for a great job working for a company and people I really liked.  I had even accepted the job. I felt horrible when I called to rescind my acceptance. I get pretty sweaty in 90 and humid in Michigan.  Think I would be dead in 110 and humid in Houston. 


January 5th, 2017 at 12:51 PM ^

This is such a great point.  A lot of 17 year olds don't yet have it in them to feel comfortable disappointing people and engage in behavior that some adults would frown upon at best.


It's why Dad's bottles of vodka in the basement were filled will water when I thought he'd notice.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:57 AM ^

I agree. This fits with what Lorenz just posted on twitter, that Najee is going back to Cali. I think he's going to sit down with his "inner circle" mom, uncle, maybe coach/trainer, and think about it. I like where we stand with Mom and Uncle. Clearly his brother likes us but I'm not sure that he has much influence. I think Michigan has a lot of things going in its favor with Najee's people, who will attempt to give him comfort in letting down Tua and other Bama friends he has made.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:17 AM ^

This was out there yesterday. From the same guy that claimed Harris' brother's twitter was a fake. The guy is a fool and his employer is not a real recruiting site. This is essentially "fake news" from an Alabama fan boy.

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January 5th, 2017 at 10:30 AM ^

for the last minute because he's likely been advised to do this to increase the publicity.

Internet is a double edged sword, glad we're able to blow up these troll antics before they launch their signing day self promotion troll drama.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:20 AM ^

"Tua doesn't know anything" is all you need to know. Supposedly there are Michigan commits who share an equal amount of optimism. The difference is that they won't go on the record. Is that because they're in on the secret?


January 5th, 2017 at 10:20 AM ^

Does anyone miss the days when you saw the 1st game of the year and pointed out "whose that kid?, O, he's freshman ......" kinda miss the surprise of seeing a recruit you don't know perform well early.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:25 AM ^

Yep. I still remember when Henne came out against Miami and there was a murmur from the crowd of "who's that kid?" And the handful of nerds who followed recruiting at the time had to explain to everyone.

Fast forward 12 years and you have "Dooooom" ringing out the first time #13 steps onto the field.


January 5th, 2017 at 10:51 AM ^

Elvis Grbac was a big surprise too.  

It was the '89 Notre Dame game (the Rocket game, yeah I know) and Michael Taylor got hurt.  In comes this big gangly kid with a funny name as the backup QB . . . and he throws the ball all over the place and almost wins the game for us.

We didn't know what was more surprising: that he could do it, or that Bo would let him.



January 5th, 2017 at 10:27 AM ^

I've thought this a million times.  AT LEAST!  Haha.


With all the attention these kids (sans Harris allegedly) love getting, it has to come with it enormously increased pressure.


It wasn't that long ago you knew you were good based on how many coaches called your house phone number and you sat in your kitchen and chatted, and/or came to your school with little/no fanfare to take you out of study hall.  And if you flopped, few in the fan base were overly disappointed.  They didn't know enough to care that a more highly touted kid was beaten out by one with fewer offers.  They just figured the 5 best OLmen were on the field and hoped we'd beat Purdue or whomever it was on the other side when toe met leather at 1:05, hopefully for us fans in a  televised contest.