Holiday Bowl Showing Impresses Harrell

After ASU's heartbreaking loss to Kansas State yesterday, Sun Devil fans may wonder how does it affect the team's recruiting prospects. The offensive guard from Texarkana, TX said the Devils' showing didn't temper his enthusiasm one bit.

"I was impressed with ASU in the Holiday Bowl." says Harrell. "They really got after them, and manhandled KSU. I couldn't believe ASU were such big underdogs. How can a Pac-10 team be an 18-point underdog? That's ridiculous…"

Harrell who also plays defensive tackle for Texas HS, visited Tempe right before the Devils departed for San Diego. It was a trip that he enjoyed immensely. "I liked it a whole lot. I got along with the players, and the coaches. The facilities were great. The weight room was unreal, and I liked the big stadium. I really liked the city (of Tempe) too." He mentioned that ASU, being his first official visit, has really set the bar high for the other visits he'll take next month.

The offensive lineman verbaled to UCLA back in the summer. The firing of coach Bob Toledo made him rethink his decision. ASU's offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, along with other coaches contacted Harrell following the Bruins' action, and found that he was receptive to re-open the recruiting process. "It's kinda weird to start the whole recruiting thing all over again. But maybe it's an omen, because my parents I thought I may have committed to UCLA very early without seeing what else is out there. I like UCLA and ASU a whole lot because I visited them, but I'm still looking around."

Harrell is adamant about not making a decision before he takes all five of his official visits. He already has Oklahoma State on 1/10, and Nebraska on 1/17. Next week he expects to finalize visit dates with Texas A&M and Arkansas. ASU head coach Dirk Koetter will make a home visit sometime in January, and coaches from all the other school he plan to visit, as well as UCLA are bound to make the trek to Texarkana as well.

The fact that he previously verbaled to UCLA, and that four of the other five schools he's considering aren't located in the lone star state, shows that Harrell isn't adverse to playing away from home. "Texas A&M is the only Texas school I'm considering, and they're located five hours from me. I think my parents would like me to play close to home, but they also want me to play wherever I feel the most comfortable." Harrell doesn't have a preference as to what position he want to play in College, as long as he makes the biggest contribution possible. In his senior year, he had 110 tackles, four sacks, four recovered fumbles, two caused fumbles, and one interception when playing on defense.

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