Two lead for TJ Harrell

T.J. Harrell, a three-star safety from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, has drawn the attention of college coaches from across the country and has plenty of scholarship offers to choose from, but he tells Cardinal Authority that two currently top his list.

T.J. Harrell of Tampa (Fla.) Catholic has been busy during the off season. Rated among the top 40 safeties in the nation by, Harrell has attended camps at a number of programs and spent countless time visiting with coaches from programs across the country.

"It's a blessing," Harrell told Cardinal Authority of the recruiting process. "It's like a little kids dream. All these coaches that you see on TV, now I get to shake their hands and I talk to them nearly everyday and that is something that I really appreciate."

The 6-foot, 180-pound three-star prospect holds nearly three dozen scholarship offers. Coaches from all the major conferences have made him a priority, with "Florida State, USF, Louisville, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky" being among those that he communicates with the most.

With so much attention coming his way, Harrell has plenty of college options to select from. While he anticipates learning more about the schools that are recruiting him, two programs currently top his list.

"It changes nearly every day, but right now, I can say that Florida State and Louisville are really standing out to me," he said.

The difference between FSU and U of L and the other schools attempting to gain his services appears to be the relationships built with the coaching staffs.

"I like their coaching staff," Harrell said of the Seminoles. "Their coaching staff is really down to earth and you can tell that they know what they are doing. They want nothing but the best for their players."

His opinion of the Cardinals program is much the same.

"It's the same thing to be honest," he explained. "They have a lot of Florida guys on their team and they are trying hard to get me to come there. Coach Strong is an awesome coach and Coach Moorer is awesome, too. I like how they run their system."

Louisville is also where one of his closest friends plays. Harrell and freshman defensive back Richard Benjamin have known each other since grade school and have discussed the possibility of playing with each other.

Having so many college choices is a blessing, but it also means that Harrell isn't in a rush to make a commitment.

"I take it very seriously, but at the same time I'm going to enjoy it," he said. "I'm going to make sure that my options are my best options. I want to make sure that I choose the right school."

"It will probably be after the season," he continued. "Everybody is trying to get me to commit now, but I'm going to hold on to my word and I'm going to wait."

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