Monticello Marvel

Monticello defensive standout Rudy Harrell (6-5, 273, 4.9) didn't get a chance to shine at Saturday's FCA Combine due to injury.

There's very little doubt that the most disappointed player at last Saturday's FCA Combine in Little Rock was Monticello defensive tackle Rudy Harrell.

Harrell (6-5, 273, 4.9) was certainly one of the most impressive physical specimens on hand, but he never even got a chance to perform before all the college coaches on hand because he re-injured his knee in warmups.

"I had a surgery five months ago for a torn meniscus and I've reinjured it," Harrell said. "I was just stretching and doing some leg kicks and I heard it pop and just lock up. It's very disappointing."

Harrell thought he was fully ready to go after getting a doctor's clearance and beginning to get back into shape.

"The doctor released me three months after surgery and I've been working out since then," Harrell said. "I was doing pretty good and it really hasn't been bothering me any. I'm a little nervous about it happening again."

Harrell spent the rest of the workout - some three hours - sitting on a bench and looking over the other 190 or so participants and watching UA head coach Houston Nutt, Razorback assistant Roy Wittke and many other college coaches.

"Maybe I'll get a chance to impress them this summer at a camp," Harrell said of the Arkansas coaches.

Arkansas is just one of several schools that have expressed interest in Harrell, but he doesn't try to hide where he would like to end up.

"I've gotten letters and interest from Arkansas, LSU, Florida, Georgia Tech and a lot of others," Harrell said. "I want to play at Arkansas. Arkansas is where I want to go. They have a lot of suppport."

While his size could see him going down on the line in college, Harrell hopes he gets a shot at defensive end.

"I think I will play defensive end," Harrell said. "I think I can move my feet and have real long arms and use them pretty well."

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