Harwell Torn Between Two Schools

For Hacienda Heights (CA) Los Altos high school star defensive end Brigham Harwell, there was no agony of defeat in 2003. His Los Altos Conquerors went 14-0 on their way to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division VI Championship and he was among the most highly regarded defensive recruits in the region.

Everything seemed perfect, and on the football field perhaps it was. Behind the scenes however, Brigham Harwell had been struggling. At first it was an academic struggle. Harwell had to re-take the SAT exam in order to boost his score and give himself the opportunity to play at the school he verbally committed to last summer -- UCLA.

Now that he claims to have recently improved his SAT score to the point where it is sufficient enough to gain admission into UCLA, things should be easier, right? No more agony for Harwell?


You see, in early October Harwell officially visited Arizona State and it was, in his own words, an "unbelievable" experience. "I didn't want to go home, I really didn't. It was perfect, there wasn't a single negative about the trip," Harwell told theinsiders.com at the time. On a scale of 1-10, Harwell commented, ""It would be an 11."

From that point on, despite still being verbally committed to the Bruins, thoughts of Arizona State and UCLA have been bouncing around in Harwell's mind like two giant boulders.

"It's still really tough," Harwell told DevilsDigest this evening. "Some days I feel like UCLA is where I want to be and other times I'm thinking Arizona State is the place. It's been like this for months."

"This weekend I'm going to sit down with my guardian who is also my brother, Joe. We're going to go over it and just try to come to some decision because I really need to do that. The coaches (at UCLA and Arizona State) call me all the time -- mostly the recruiting coordinators -- and it's just getting to be too much. I'm tired!"

"You know I could go anywhere. USC recruited me and I could go there but they wouldn't really need me," he continued. "I know UCLA and ASU could use me and I want to go somewhere I can help out and be needed. I'm not sure which one could use me the most, but I really do like both schools a lot and I'm going to have to decide."

"Hopefully this weekend I'll know for sure and then I think we're going to have a press conference at school on Wednesday. So I guess by then I'd better know!"

For one fortunate Pac-10 school and its supporters, landing Harwell will be cause for celebration. And for the school that loses out?

Expect a little bit of agony.

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