POSITION: DEFENSIVE BACK
STAR RANK: THREE-STAR
POSITION RANK: 114
COMMIT DATE: June 26, 2016
LEAD RECRUITER: Brian Ferentz
EVALUATION: He is an interesting prospect because he brings athleticism to play corner but has experience at safety and can be a return man. He's something of a jack of all trades, so I'm interested to see where he ends up fitting best in college. - Midwest Analyst Allen Trieu
RECRUITMENT: Harrell was one of the many prospects that committed to Iowa over the summer. That was the busy time of year where the Hawkeye class really exploded onto the scene and he played a part in that. Harrell's recruitment was moving at a snail's pace at the time and he was only being looked at by MAC programs and a few FCS schools. Iowa offered anyways and he committed a day later.
OUTLOOK: Iowa went out on a limb with Harrell that no other program did. His recruitment was short and sweet and he received very little attention from anyone else. He has the versatility, like many of the Iowa commits in the secondary, to play a little cornerback or safety. If he pans out, Iowa will look a heck of a lot smarter than anyone else. I think that may happen as he looks to be a contributor for the Hawkeyes in some fashion, whether that be as a starting corner or safety, a nickelback, or a mainstay on special teams. It's a position group that is mighty thin so it's wide open and nobody committed to Iowa that plays in the secondary is guaranteed to redshirt. A few will have to contribute right away and another one or two could play special teams immediately to gather game experience for the following season. If Harrell dodges a redshirt, I would anticipate that his immediate impact would be felt mostly on special teams.