By LARRY VAUGHT
Damien Harris of Madison Southern is the nation’s top-ranked junior running back. At this time a year ago, he had little or no interest in Kentucky. He even verbally committed to Michigan before changing his mind and withdrawing his commitment.
Now he has a list of 10 schools that includes Kentucky even though few recruiting analysts think that the Cats are anywhere close to No. 1 at this time.
But after having little or no interest in UK last year, why is he interested now after Kentucky’s 2-10 finish last year?
“I love coach (Mark) Stoops first and foremost. When they came in, I was the first player he came to visit. He didn’t try to sell me anything. He just told me to give us a chance that we can prove we can turn things around. So I did,” Harris said. “I got to know coach (Neal) Brown, coach (Chad) Scott.
“I really like the coaching staff and what they are doing. I can tell they are turning things around and they are going to change the program.”
But he would like to see that turnaround start in 2014.
“Now as much as I wish had time to see what they do, unfortunately I only have another year. Hopefully I will be able to decide whether they have made enough improvement for me to really want to go there,” Harris said.
But UK fans should not be discouraged.
“But I love it. It is close to home. I wouldn’t have to go very far away from my mom and she would be right here with me. I could be a hometown hero. So if it is best for me, that is where I will end up. If not, then I will end up somewhere else,” Harris said.