Just three days after returning home from his official visit to Alabama, 4-star inside linebacker Christian Harris has flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to the Crimson Tide.
— Christian Harris (@Charris_36) November 29, 2018
A one-time heavy Alabama lean, the Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab product opted for the Aggies when he made his initial commitment back in the summer.
Despite the decision, Harris’ camp maintained that they would eventually take an official visit to Tuscaloosa, which ultimately came this past weekend for the Iron Bowl.
Inside linebacker is a major position of need for Alabama in the 2019 cycle and Harris was prioritized early on coming out of Junior Day last winter.
“I like the atmosphere,” Harris said earlier this year of Alabama. “I like how they’re literally good at everything. They’re so powerful. Nick Saban is just so powerful. Having him as a head coach really helps you beyond football in life. They really care about academics, which is a big thing.”
The Tide has been strong in the state of Louisiana in recent cycles, and in LSU’s backyard in particular when it comes to linebackers. The Tide added Baton Rouge natives Dylan Moses and Christopher Allen in the 2017 cycle.
“They have everything I’m looking for in a school,” Harris said when the Tide offered. “Which is a great academic program with academic support, great coaches who are willing to push you to your best potential, and a head coach who doesn’t just care about football, but cares about your life and your future.
“I know if I got there, they can help me with fulfilling my dream which is to play in the NFL. They have the best program in college football for that.”
At 6-foot-1.5, 239 pounds, Harris is rated the No. 9 inside linebacker and the No. 145 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Bayou State native is commitment No. 22 for the Tide’s No. 1-ranked class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.
This story will be updated.