Recruiting revenge? Touted RB recruit picks ‘Bama over Ohio State

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer don't just do battle on the football field.

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DALLAS — Urban Meyer can’t win everything.

An hour or so before Ohio State left campus Friday afternoon for the Dallas area and Monday’s national championship game vs. Oregon, the Buckeyes lost a high-profile recruiting battle when Frankfort, Ky., running back Damien Harris announced he will play for Alabama.

Ohio State, Kentucky and Alabama were the finalists for Harris, who ran for 1,576 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final season at Madison Southern High School despite missing four games due to injury. He ran for 110 yards in the Under Armour All-American Game last weekend.

Harris ran for 2,621 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior.

Scout.com lists Harris at 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds. He’s Scout.com’s No. 6 running back prospect in the 2015 class and the No. 53 prospect overall.

Ohio State has 24 verbal commits in its 2015 class, which Scout.com currently ranks No. 6 nationally. One true running back is among that group, four-star Mike Weber of Detroit Cass Tech.

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon announced Friday he’s leaving school for the NFL Draft, which could open playing time for Harris next season.