High School Sports

Damien Harris cleared to return for state football playoffs

Harris Herald-Leader

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris announced Wednesday morning via Twitter that he will return to the field for the first round of the state playoffs next week.

"Just got cleared to play first round of the playoffs!! The Return is officially here. #Blessed," he tweeted.

Harris — the nation's No. 1 running back — has been out with a sprained MCL since Oct. 3. Before that, he carried the ball 88 times for 1,524 yards and 23 touchdowns in five-plus games.

Madison Southern (6-3) is projected to play the first round at Letcher County Central (7-2) on Nov. 7. The two teams did not meet in the regular season.

Harris is UK's top football recruit for the class of 2015. He also is considering Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Texas A&M.