Strong lands Big Ten transfer

Charlie Strong landed his first commitment last week from junior quarterback DaMarcus Smith. Wednesday, Louisville's new coach picked up a transfer from Iowa.

Iowa freshman Tyler Harrell will transfer to Louisville, according to Mark Harrell, the defensive end's father.

"Tyler is transferring to Louisville in January," Harrell said. "We just felt that Louisville was a better fit for Tyler for football than the situation at Iowa."

"I've always wanted to go to Louisville," Harrell said. "I went to a couple of their camps but I never got recruited by them. Things didn't really work out at Iowa so we decided to contact Louisville to see if they were interested and they called me back."

Harrell was an all-state selection in Ohio and led Dublin Scioto to 2005 and 2007 state titles. Harrell made 69 tackles and three sacks as a senior.

"We talked to Charlie Strong and that's who we got the offer from," Harrell said. "Coach Strong's background precedes itself and Tyler is real excited about the opportunity at Louisville."

Harrell spoke with Strong a few days ago and worked out the transfer. Harrell, a two-star prospect, also had offers from Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Kent State coming out of Scioto HS.

"[Strong] called me [Sunday] and he offered me a scholarship on the phone that day," Harrell said. "He seemed more laid back, more like on a players level. I know that's probably not how he is on the field when you get there. He has a good resume and he sold the program really well. He seems really good at his job and recruiting."

Harrell redshirted the 2009 season and will have to sit out next year. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011.

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