Brandon Harold on College Choices

Brandon Harold is a 6'6, 260 pound defensive lineman from East St. Louis, Illinois who says that the recruiting process is pretty quiet overall for him right now. His current focus is on his team and individual goals. Get inside for more on Harold.

"To win the state championship," Harold said when asked what the expectations were for a young East St. Louis squad. "We have some youth and inexperience, but hopefully we'll be able to focus and put it all together."

"Individually, I just want to get stronger. I could improve my discipline and maybe my attitude on the field, but the only thing I really want to improve is my strength."

Now that Harold is an upperclassman, he feels that it's his time to stand out and make a difference on the field. "I love the way that I play. Every down, I'm all over the field trying to make plays. My favorite player is Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers because he is always all over the field and making things happen."

Three schools in particular will have a close eye on Harold this upcoming season. Kansas State, Arkansas, and Illinois have drawn the most attention from the defensive end.

"With Kansas State, there is a lot of love with the coaches. I have a good relationship with them."

"I have family in Arkansas, so I could see myself going down there and being able to adjust and make a life. It's a good place."

"Illinois is close to home and they are very interested in me and I am interested in them as well. They were the only camp that I went to this summer. I believe they are the most interested in me amongst my favorites"

Each member of Harold's top 3 has offered a scholarship and sees his future on the defensive line. "It's really a mix. Some schools want me at tackle, others at end. Illinois is recruiting me as a defensive end."

Reggie Mitchell is on the case for the Illini, who made a splash in the St. Louis area last season. Jerry Brown and Antonio Gully of St. Louis both took a red-shirt in their first season with the Illini, but look to be members of the two-deep in their second campaign, were swayed to the Illini with Mitchell's help.

Harold will look to make a decision sometime during the early-mid section of basketball season. "I'll probably decide in January or February," said Harold. "I will visit each of my top three schools."

Factoring into his decision will be the relationship with the coaching staff, the expectations of the program, as well as a school with his intended academic interest. Harold hopes to major in business.

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