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Kentucky football target Damien Harris to announce college decision Jan. 9

Madison Southern's Damien Harris is considered the nation's No. 1 running back.
Madison Southern's Damien Harris is considered the nation's No. 1 running back. Herald-Leader

Five-star running back Damien Harris tweeted Thursday that he will announce his college decision Jan. 9.

Harris — a standout at Madison Southern — has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Many thought his recruitment would come down to UK and Ohio State, though Alabama has made a strong run in recent weeks.

The 5-foot-11 senior visited Tuscaloosa twice last month, including an official visit last weekend centered around the annual Alabama-Auburn rivalry game. Harris was in Lexington for six of UK’s seven home games this fall and is expected to visit at least one more time before he announces his college choice.

Rivals.com ranks Harris as the No. 11 overall prospect and No. 1 running back in the class of 2015. If he commits to Kentucky, he would be the Cats’ highest-ranked pledge in the era of online recruiting rankings.

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