Harrell Hoping for Offer from Terps

McDonough WR James Harrell waiting to hear back from Maryland after camp performance.

James Harrell, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver from Pomfret, Md., just received his first offer from Hampton a few days ago, but he is hoping for more good news, especially from his hometown Maryland Terrapins.

“I like Maryland a lot,” Harrell said. “If they want me, I'd be happy to go there.”

Harrell performed in front of Maryland's coaching staff last Sunday at their camp in College Park, Md., and said that the Terps said they will get back to him once they evaluate the performance of other receivers who also showed up to camp. Harrell said that he has a good relationship with the coaching staff, especially with assistant coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

“I've been in contact with them a lot,” Harrell said. “They've been saying to keep working in the weight room.”

The receiver from Maurice J. McDonough High watched a few of the Terrapins' games last year, including their 28-3 win over Towson. Aside from the uniforms, which Harrell called “tight,” there were other things about the Terps that he appreciated.

“I like the offense because they get the ball to their receivers,” said Harrell. “They pass the ball a lot. They're not afraid to pass it.”

While Harrell predominantly plays slot receiver and return man on special teams at McDonough, he is open to playing anywhere on the field, including the outside receiver position and corner on defense. Both the Terps and the McDonough Rams run a spread offense with four receivers often on the field together, according to Harrell, so he believes he will be able to fit right into the Terps' offense.

“I can bring my speed and quickness,” Harrell said. “If you give me the ball in the open field, it's hard for the defenders to bring me down or stop me one-on-one.”

Harrell said he looks up to Chad Ochocinco, the mercurial NFL wide receiver who spent his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots before signing a contract with his hometown Miami Dolphins this offseason.

“He's been falling off lately,” Harrell said, “but I love the way he runs his routes and how he receives.”

Harrell doesn't necessarily mind the location of his future school, focusing instead on the school's football program as the main factor influencing his decision.

“Distance doesn't really matter,” said Harrell. “Now I don't want to go too far, but it doesn't really matter where it is. I'm looking for a cool coaching staff and an offense that isn't afraid to throw the ball, that doesn't really care about size in their receivers. That's basically it.”

Aside from camps and college visits, Harrell has been spending the offseason training and improving for his senior campaign.

“I've been trying to get bigger, going to the weight room,” Harrell said. “I've also been working on my speed a lot. Also my fundamentals and my route running.”

Harrell has already performed in Maryland's camp. His summer camp schedule includes appearances at Howard, Fordham, Wake Forest and Towson. He hopes that his performance in summer camps will be enough to earn an offer from schools. Especially one from the Maryland Terrapins.

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