"This was the first time I had heard from them," Harrell said. "They called my coach. They liked my toughness and my style of play. They like how athletic I am with my size.
"He said he wouldn't have given me a Syracuse offer if he didn't think they could really come after me."
Despite remaining a solid verbal to the Tigers, Harrell is intrigued by Syracuse as he continues to learn about the program.
"It really means a lot," Harrell said. "I'm still looking at schools because I want to learn more about their program and their movement into the ACC. If they're in that league, anything is possible. With their move to the ACC, that's a big move for them.
"I know they're in New York. And I know they have a great basketball program because Carmelo Anthony went there. I know he came out of Syracuse. I caught a couple (football) games last year, but not a lot."
In order for Syracuse to really make an impact into Harrell's recruitment, they must get him on campus for a visit. The three-star guard is hopeful he will be able to make that trip soon.
"I'm looking at possibly visiting this summer," Harrell said. "I haven't really sat down and thought about it or set a date, but I really do want to get up there. Just because it's in New York and I'll get to see a lot of places. See what the program is all about."
Harrell is currently ranked as the No. 32 guard in the 2015 class.