Harrell sets first visit to Louisville

Montrezl Harrell received his release from Virginia Tech Thursday. Now, the four-star 2012 forward from Tarboro, NC, has scheduled his first visit to Louisville. Sam Harrell, the prospects father, told InsideTheVille.com why the Cardinals are a 'frontrunner' for his son's signature.

Montrezl Harrell received his release from Virginia Tech Thursday. Now, the four-star 2012 forward from Tarboro, NC, has scheduled his first visit to Louisville.

Harrell's visit to Rick Pitino's program will occur after college basketball's recruiting 'dead period,' which ends May 26. The 6'8, 230 pound prospect will check out the Cardinals May 31 to June 2, according to his father, Sam Harrell.

"After the dead period is over we're going to narrow this thing down to about two or three schools and make the decision as quickly as possible," Sam Harrell told InsideTheVille.com. "The only visit we have scheduled now is to Louisville. That's going to be our first stop."

Harrell said his son is also considering Kentucky, Alabama, Florida and Cincinnati. NC State was on the initial list, but Harrell isn't allowed to sign with another ACC program without a waiver, according to Harrell.

"We're definitely going to take more than one visit, but there's not going to be more than two or three," said Harrell, who wouldn't comment on other schools that might get a visit.

As for UofL, Harrell says Pitino's Cardinals are one of his son's favorites.

"We like Louisville a lot," Harrell said. "They're probably one of the frontrunners right now."

Louisville has a strong connection with Harrell because of the relationship assistant Kevin Keatts has with the prospect and his family. Keatts recruited Harrell to Hargrave before joining Pitino's coaching staff last summer.

"[Montrezl] ended up having a great year at Hargrave this year and I owe all that to Coach Keatts because all these schools recruiting him like this wouldn't have happened," said Harrell.

Harrell also said his son would fit well into Louisville's style of play.

"Louisville's style of play fits him very well the way they get up and down the floor, the pick and pop stuff," Harrell said. "I really like their offense and the way they play on both ends of the floor. That's my son's style of play to play on the defensive and offensive end. I think he'd fit in great with those guys."

One of the top unsigned prospects, Harrell averaged more than 26 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks at Hargrave as a senior, where he graduates Saturday. Harrell earned MVP honors at the Capital Classic and Jordan Brand Regional All-Star games this spring. Harrell is ranked the No. 72 overall prospect nationally and the 14th-best power forward.

"There's not a lot of finesse to his game, but there's an awful lot of power and explosion," Harrell said. "When his motor gets going he becomes a conductor on the floor making sure people are in the right place. He just plays hard. That's why people like him because he plays so hard."

A powerful and explosive prospect who plays bigger than his actual size, Harrell is looking for a situation where he can play right away next season.

"The deciding factors is [finding a school] where he could contribute as a freshman and get a good amount of minutes," Harrell said.

Asked if his recruitment could turn into another war between Rick Pitino and John Calipari, Harrell wouldn't speculate.

"We'll see," Harrell said. "It's going to be fun when it comes down to a decision."

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