Harrell Pumped About Weekend Trip

Auburn commitment Marquel Harrell discusses his upcoming official visit to see the Tigers and why he's excited about the opportunity .

Fairburn, Ga.--One piece of Auburn’s impressive offensive line class for 2015, four-star guard Marquel Harrell, is ready to take the next step in his recruiting with the Tigers when he takes his official visit to the Plains this weekend.

Part of a large group of talented prospects expected in, Harrell said this weekend will be all about building relationships with the staff and future teammates.

“I’m real excited,” Harrell said. “It will be my first time with really all of the recruits. I’m just ready to come in and start building the relationships before we all get on campus. I’m just real excited to meet all the new coaches and everything.”

While the weekend is a great opportunity for the current class to build those relationships, it’s also about working on the uncommitted players in attendance to show them what Auburn is all about. That means guys like CeCe Jefferson, Byron Cowart, Terry Beckner, Tim Irvin and Javaris Davis will get the full-court press when they arrive.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Harrell said. “I know we’ll have a lot of big things on campus so when they see the bond and relationships we have then they’ll want to be part of it too. Hopefully, they can join the family.

“I know it’s going to be real big because we’re lacking defensive linemen,” Harrell said. “We’re going to need some guys to come in as freshmen and play. I hope they take advantage of the opportunity they see to come in and play early. We’re going to recruit them hard, every time we get the chance we’re going to recruit them.”

Named one of the top five offensive players at the Semper Fi Game in California, Harrell finished a strong senior season in style. It has been a year when he has seen his stock rise dramatically to his current position of Scout.com's number eight guard in the country. Making the trip to the West Coast, Harrell said he just took it as another opportunity to show what he could do against the best of the best.

“It was just a blessing to be there,” Harrell said. “I just really focused on giving it 110 percent. Going against some of the top prospects in the whole country it was just an honor to be recognized as one of the top five.”

This week Harrell added a very late offer from the Georgia Bulldogs with a pair of new offensive coaches coming onboard. Still undecided if he’ll even take a trip to Athens at the moment, Harrell said there’s no doubt in his mind about his commitment to Auburn as he prepares for his big visit weekend.

“I’m really solid,” Harrell said. “Sometimes I wish I could go back and sign early last year, but I wasn’t able to. I’m real excited to be part of the Auburn family. War Eagle.”

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