Size: 6-foot, 195 pounds
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
School: Mallard Creek
Position: Wide Receiver
Committed: September 10, 2011
Pronunciation: Juh-MEL HAR-bih-son
Prep Career Highlights:
Harbison helped lead his team to a 13-1 mark and a berth in the state semifinals during his senior year. During the season he scored 21 touchdowns with more than 50 receptions. Harbison also participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas where he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
As a junior, Harbison made 52 receptions for more than 800 yards and 14 scores.
Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:
"Jamel Harbison is may be one of the most electrifying players that we've recruited this year. We felt like there was a need to have playmakers.
"The young guys that we have already will step up but to get some guys that when they touch the football special things are going to happen. When you watched Jamel's highlight tape you know he knows what to do with the football.
"He's a guy that could play a couple different positions. We'll probably play him a lot in the slot, try and get him the ball on some screens and different things like that. He's a guy that physically he's a game-ready guy because he's very mature physically.
"He's a guy we needed, some electricity, and I think he's a guy that can provide it."
Getting to Know:
How has the offseason been for you?
"The off-season has been pretty tough I've been going through conditioning and trying to stay in shape. I've had some trouble with my family my grandma is battling cancer but other than that it's been pretty good."
What's your current height and weight?
"I'm 6-foot about 195 pounds."
When will you be flying up to Minnesota to move in?
"I'm going to be leaving this Sunday and I should be landing in Minneapolis around 4:30-5:00."
Who will you be rooming with?
"I believe I'll be rooming with Mitch Leidner the quarterback."
What do you plan on majoring in?
"I'll be majoring in sports management."
What number do you plan on wearing?
"I think they gave me 16 or 9 I think."
Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines that you go through?
"I always eat a bag of skittles before I go and play."
What are some of your goals for your Freshman season?
"My goal is to help Minnesota win football games."
What did you enjoy most about the recruiting process?
"Just how Minnesota stayed with me from beginning to end. I loved the posters they sent me and just everything about Minnesota especially the fans."
Why did you end up choosing Minnesota in the end?
"Because Minnesota stuck with me from the beginning they didn't leave my side when I was struggling for a little bit so they stayed by my side and I pulled it out and I stuck with Minnesota."