Mark Harrell Likely Destined for the ACC

Offensive lineman Mark Harrell is another high school recruit from the state of North Carolina being eyed by Georgia Tech. At 6-5, 260 pounds, Harrell is quite confident that he would be a good fit in the GT offensive line, as he runs an offense similar to Tech's option with the Wing-T offense at Charlotte Catholic High School.

"I've noticed, in watching GT's offensive line, that they come off the ball very quickly," Mark Harrell said, when asked what is intriguing about Tech's line.

As for the other schools looking at Harrell, there seems to be a trend among all of them – they are Atlantic Coast Conference schools. For Georgia Tech, this could be good news, but it could also be bad news.

For the good news, it gives GT a chance because they are in the ACC, and Harrell has enjoyed his visits to Atlanta.

"I really loved my Junior Day visit – the campus is great," Harrell said. "The one thing I like the most about it is how it doesn't actually feel like it's in the middle of downtown Atlanta. When you're on campus, it doesn't have that downtown feel."

Harrell has an offer from the Yellow Jackets, which was extended recently by head coach Paul Johnson as well as his recruiting coordinator, Todd Spencer. The offer from Tech was the second so far for Harrell, joining the University of Virginia.

Additionally, Harrell said he likes Georgia Tech because it's a campus that gives him a sense of home. While it is actually several hours from Charlotte, Harrell mentioned that it is a good distance from home – far enough so he can develop personally during his college career, but close enough to home to be able to visit when he needs to.

But a negative of being an ACC guy from North Carolina (his father attended Wake Forest but did not compete at the collegiate level, and his mother attended Maryland) is the four schools in his area of the state that may also woo him. Harrell admitted that he is also strongly considering Duke University as a possible destination, so the Yellow Jackets will have their work cut out if they want to steal him away.


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