Auburn Commit Focused On Improving

Four-star offensive lineman Marquel Harrell talks about his play and his commitment to the Auburn Tigers.

Fairburn, Ga.--The newest four-star prospect on, Auburn offensive line commitment Marquel Harrell, is hoping to bounce back with his Creekside teammates this week when the Indians take on a talented Carver-Columbus team on Friday night. That would be big after a heartbreaking loss to rival Langston Hughes last week when his team came back from a 21-0 deficit only to come up a point short.

“It was a good game,” Harrell said. “We didn’t really have a good first half like we were supposed to, but we bounced back in the second half. Our defense stood out and played like they were supposed to do. In the end we just have to go back and watch film and correct what we did wrong.

"We made mistakes, but the game is in the past," he said. "We had our chances, but we didn’t take the shots like we’re supposed to. It’s our goal to be 1-0 each week so that starts with Carver-Columbus this week.”

A dominating blocker at the point of attack from his offensive tackle position, Harrell is expected to move inside on the next level for the Tigers and Coach J.B. Grimes. A finisher in the running game already with the feet to be an excellent pass blocker, he said the goal for him right now is to continue to get better in every phase of the game.

“Coach says you can always get better every day,” Harrell said. “My job is to get better and since I’m a leader I have to encourage my teammates to get better. That’s all we have to do.”

Harrell is shown in action against Langston Hughes High.

Still being pursued by colleges from across the country with Tennessee putting on the full courst press, Harrell said he hears from lots of different coaches, but it hasn’t swayed his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

“I’m real solid right now,” Harrell said. “I’ll be back down there probably in a couple of weeks to take an official visit down there. I’m just enjoying my time with my teammates because it’s my senior year. I just love my family here (at Creekside). I want to cherish those moments until they end.”

While his official visit may be coming later this fall, Harrell is expected to be in Auburn this weekend to see the Tigers take on San Jose State at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Ready to take his first trip to a game since his commitment, Harrell said it will be great to see the coaches and hang out with them once again.

“It’s just like a family atmosphere,” Harrell said. “Coach Grimes, Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and especially Coach (Gus) Malzahn, he’s funny. When we sit in the office with just me and him, we sit there and just crack jokes all the time.”

Harrell has moved up on following his strong start to the 2014 season. He’s now the No. 8 rated guard in the country.

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