Mobile, Ala.--For defensive end Glenn Harbin and the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets, this Friday night is a chance to keep a dream season alive as they travel to Prattville to face one of the nation's top prep teams with a berth in the Class 6A title game on the line.
Currently undefeated after close wins over Daphne (16-10) and Wetumpka (28-27) in their last two playoff games, McGill-Toolen is a perfect 14-0 and has scored a ton of points this season (488 to be exact). They'll need all they can get this week though as they take on Justin Albert, Dekendrick Moncrief and a very talented Lion team.
"We knew we were going to be pretty good, but we didn't know we would come this far," Harbin says. "We're a pretty balanced team at the moment.
"They're very fast on both sides of the ball," he notes. "It's going to take a good game for us to win."
Playing both defensive end and tight end for the Yellow Jackets, the 6-5, 242 Harbin is considered an excellent prospect on defense by many schools around the South. This season he has 42 tackles and eight sacks with teams usually choosing to run the other way.
Harbin is a physical player who will have his hands full trying to stop the Prattville offense this week.
After a strong spring when many teams had a chance to see him in action, Harbin has done nothing to disappoint this fall. That has kept his phone ringing and the colleges lined up to give him a look. At the moment he says he has several schools on his list with no favorite out of the group.
Last weekend Harbin had a chance to take in the Iron Bowl game at Jordan-Hare Stadium between Auburn and Alabama along with teammate and Purdue commitment Peters Drey as well as former teammate D.J. Fluker. Harbin says he wasn't really sure what to expect and was very pleased with what he saw.
"It was a lot of fun," Harbin says. "There was a lot of excitement. You couldn't find anybody that wasn't happy to be there. I was surprised how well Auburn kept their lead and didn't just sit on it. They had to hold together. It was a pretty close game though."
Being recruited as a defensive end by the Auburn Tigers, Harbin says he's gotten to know Coach James Willis during the process and notes he likes the young linebacker coach. "He's a real nice guy. He's easy to talk to."
Saying that he plans to set up official visits to each of his favorites after his football season comes to a close, Harbin is also a big-time baseball prospect and notes he would like to play that sport in college as well. He's even a possibility to be drafted and says he's talked to a few professional scouts since his solid summer on the diamond.
Harbin and McGill-Toolen travel to Prattville this week for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the winner facing the winner of the Spain Park-Vestavia Hills match up at Legion Field next week.