Damien Harris began his football career at Madison Middle in Richmond and played his high school football in Berea for Madison Southern. While at Madison Southern he worked and made himself the top running back in not only Kentucky but the Country. He was a five star recruit and chose the University of Michigan as a sophomore but circumstances changed at Michigan and he reopened his recruitment and was courted by every major school in the country.
As an Eagle he was named the 2013 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year, 2014 a Courier Journal 1st team all-state selection, and played in the Under Armor All American Game in 2015. He rushed for 6748 yards and scored 122 total touchdowns (113 of them on the ground). He left high school 2nd all-time in the state of Kentucky in touchdowns and 11th in rushing yards.
His recruitment came down to Alabama, Ohio State, and Kentucky. In front of a packed house at Madison Southern Harris chose Alabama and surprised a lot of folks who thought he was for sure going to be a Wildcat. The amount of negativity he faced for his decision was uncalled for but he never wavered. He let everyone know that he thought Alabama was the best place to help fulfill his dreams of winning a National Championship, win a Heisman Award, and play in the NFL. HE won two national championships at Alabama, 2015 & 2017, and was playing with the best talent in the country and never could get enough chances to win a Heisman award but he left Alabama as a legend.
At Alabama he played behind Derrick Henry as freshman and still played in 12 games rushing for 157 yards and scoring a touchdown. He made a huge play on special teams blocking a punt to help the Tide in the postseason. As a Sophomore he started and played in 15 games rushing for 1040 yards and 2 touchdowns. His junior season he remained the starter and played in 14 games rushing for 1000 yards in back to back seasons and had a career best 11 touchdowns. His senior season he rush for 876 yards and 9 touchdowns. His career number at Alabama were 54 games 3070 yards and 23 touchdowns. His 3070 yards are the 8th highest at Alabama.
Friday night Damien Harris became only the 4th person born in Madison County to be drafted in the NFL. He joins Don Phelps a HB in 1950, Keith Bosley a tackle in 1987, and Luke Stocker a tight end in 2011. When Harris takes his first snap in the NFL next season he will join Stocker and Larry Warford who played at Madison Central from Madison County in the NFL. Warford was born in San Diego but played in Madison County. He was taken 87th overall by the New England Patriots. Not a lot of people were happy with his college choice and a lot more are not happy with his NFL home but with the Patriots he has a system to make him the best he can be. New England has a track record of turning players into superstars.