UK Recruiting

Harris to play in Under Armour showcase Friday, a week before he picks a college

Damien Harris, shown playing against Madison Central on Sept. 5, is fifth on Kentucky's high school career touchdown list.  Harris had four touchdowns against Madison Central and the next week against Paul Laurence Dunbar, giving him 110 in his career.
Damien Harris, shown playing against Madison Central on Sept. 5, is fifth on Kentucky's high school career touchdown list. Harris had four touchdowns against Madison Central and the next week against Paul Laurence Dunbar, giving him 110 in his career. Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky football fans will have one last chance Friday to see five-star recruit Damien Harris before he reveals his college decision.

Harris — the standout senior running back from Madison Southern — will play in the Under Armour All-American Game, the first of three high school all-star showcases to be shown on national television over the next three days.

All three of those games will feature UK recruits.

Harris gets things started in the Under Armour showcase from St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Mr. Football candidate recently narrowed his college list to Kentucky, Alabama and Ohio State, though the Buckeyes are considered a long shot at this point in his recruiting.

Harris — the No. 1 running back in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com — plans to announce his college decision Jan. 9 at his high school.

Four-star defensive back Marcus Lewis will also play in the Under Armour game.

Lewis — a 6-foot prospect from Washington, D.C. — is considered the No. 93 overall recruit and No. 6 safety in the senior class by Rivals.com.

Earlier this week, Lewis told Rivals.com that Kentucky is the leader in his recruiting after he took an official visit to Lexington last month with high school teammate and Jabari Greenwood, who has committed to UK.

Miami and Washington State are also in Lewis's top three, and he has said that he would be open to adding Michigan to his list if he hears from new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Lewis will take an official visit to Miami on Jan. 16 and announce his college decision sometime between then and national signing day on Feb. 4.

Warren East linebacker Eli Brown — one of UK's top-rated commitments for 2015 — will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday. That game will be broadcast live on NBC at 1 p.m.

Rivals.com ranks Brown as a four-star recruit and the No. 2 senior prospect in Kentucky behind Harris.

The Army game will also feature Tennessee linebacker Josh Smith, who is committed to Vanderbilt but took an official visit to Lexington last month and is still considering the Wildcats along with several other schools.

Rivals ranks Smith as the No. 12 outside linebacker and No. 195 overall prospect in the senior class.

UK commitment George Asafo-Adjei closes the weekend Sunday with an appearance in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which will be played in Carson, Calif., and shown at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

That showcase also includes three-star defensive back Rashard Causey, who is currently committed to Florida Atlantic but still considering Kentucky.

UK has 17 commitments for the class of 2015 going into this weekend, and the program will also add Nebraska transfers Courtney Love and Greg Hart this offseason.

Rivals.com ranks UK's class at No. 35 nationally.

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