Signing Day 2004: Evalio Harrell

Despite spending a year in prep school and flying under the recruiting radar for most of that time, Florida athlete Evalio Harrell is ready to bring speed and excitement to Duke football.

"Duke is a great school and I cannot wait to get there next year," Evalio Harrell reported to TDD. "You can tell the coaches and players are all on the same page and that they really care about each other. I liked that and so I committed."

Possessing incredible quickness – he routinely clocks in around 4.4 in the forty, and has a personal best of 4.37 – Harrell is expected to bring the ability to shut opponents down to the Duke secondary despite being one of his state's best receivers in high school. As with most of this year's class, Harrell is happy to do what ever it takes to help the Blue Devils become successful.

"The coaches want me to play corner, and that's what I'm fine playing. I wouldn't mind maybe a little special teams in there as well, but I'll do whatever it takes to win."

It has been a long road for Harrell to get to the commitment status right now, having moved from Florida to Pennsylvania over the last year.

"I came from Tampa Jesuit. I had nine interceptions last year, which was tied for first in the state, and I set the school record with four in a game. Coming to prep school the coach said that I would have to lead the team and do pretty much everything because they didn't win a game the year before. I played everywhere on the field, and I ended the season with 14 touchdowns including a punt return and kickoff return. I had a little over 900 yards rushing in nine games, three interceptions and about 40 tackles."

Offers, on the other hand, were a little harder to come by and only Harrell's coach knows the true number of schools that offered.

"Not many schools knew that I was up here, but my coach got on the phone and was calling around right before my official visit to Duke. He called South Florida, Purdue and Indiana. Most of those schools were recruiting me last year but they did not know that I was up here."

The extra research certainly paid off for the Devils, who have a heck of a steal.

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