Georgia OL plans spring game visit

Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside offensive lineman Marquel Harrell has some pretty impressive scholarship offers stacking up on his recruiting profile these days.

Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside offensive lineman Marquel Harrell has some pretty impressive scholarship offers stacking up on his recruiting profile these days.

The 6-foot-3, 281-pound guard has picked up offers from programs like Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Florida State. He also holds one from Mark Stoops' up-and-coming Kentucky program.

The Wildcats have him thinking about what opportunities he may have in Lexington.

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"When Kentucky offered me, I kinda knew the offer was coming because my head coach told me the entire SEC was going to offer me," Harrell said.

There was a sentimental side, however, that is not always present with other offers.

"The offer from made me really happy because I had a friend (De'Antre Turman) who held a Kentucky offer before he passed away in a scrimmage," Harrell said. Turman died after making what appeared to be a routine tackle in a preseason game.

The Turman tragedy shook the UK staff, who had hoped to make him one of the main pieces of their rebuilding effort in the Class of 2015.

Harrell said he still plans to give the Cats a long look. "I've actually talked to my coach, and we are planning on visiting Kentucky's spring game next month."

The three-star prospect currently has no favorites or a top-five list. "Everyone is on a level field right now. I'm open to everyone." Programs like Tennessee and Wisconsin are also heavily involved.

Asked what he's looking for in a college program, Harrell said: "I'm looking at a place where I can come in and play right away in the SEC. I'm also looking at the academics, not just football. I'm looking for a place where I can be comfortable with the coaches and players."

Will location be a factor? "Distance will not be a factor in my decision," Harrell said.

A decision may not be too far off for Harrell. He says he could announce on his birthday, July 18.

Harrell is currently rated the No. 29 guard in the nation by Scout.


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