Harrell enjoying the recruiting ride

T.J. Harrell has a long list of scholarship offers, which creates a busy, often chaotic recruitment. However, the four-star prospect is enjoying the recruiting ride.

T.J. Harrell has more than 20 scholarship offers. With that comes a barrage of phone calls and letters, plus countless visits and other details. The busy recruiting process hasn't been a burden.

"It's every child's dream, growing up," Harrell said. "You see all these schools as a kid and never expect to make it to that level. It's a dream and I take in every part of it."

A four-star prospect, Harrell's list of offers includes Boise State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Purdue, South Florida, Texas Tech, UCLA and many more. Yet, even managing a busy recruitment with interest coming from all across the country, he has enjoyed the ride.

For Harrell, the most exciting part has been building relationships with college coaches.

"You get to talk to these guys that you see on TV—it's awesome," said Harrell. "It makes me happy, but it inspires me and motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing every day."

Harrell is looking for many factors in the right school, but early playing time stands out as the most important detail.

"I want to go to a school that not only wants me, but needs me," Harrell explained. "I want to get on the field and play early. I want to somewhere where I feel the love. It could be close to home or far from home. I just want to feel at home."

With each visit on campus, Harrell is observing how the coaching staff treats him. The interaction separates which coaches really want him in their program.

"That really shows their interest, and not that they've offered you just to offer you," he said. "Every school is going to have that classy weight room, the great campus, but it all comes down to how they treat you. That's it right there."

Harrell currently holds an offer from Purdue, but has not maintained steady contact with the Boilermakers' new coaching staff. He hopes that changes soon, and even has his sights set on a trip to West Lafayette.

"I really want to take a visit there," he said. "I really want to do that. The things that I hear, it's a really good atmosphere."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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