It's nothing new to be one of the top athletes on his team for one of Missouri's recent commitments.
Junior college transfer Jarrell Harrison played quarterback in high school for his home town Las Vegas team; he has played several positions at the junior college level. Harrison expects to play one of the three safety positions in Columbia.
Harrison graduated from San Francisco Community College and will enroll in classes January 19 at Mizzou.
"I' can't wait to get out there," Harrison told InsideMizzou.com Saturday. "I have already graduated along with Josh Tatum; we will both be there for spring football."
Harrison, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete who runs a 4.45 forty, is expected to make an immediate impact for the Tiger defensive unit this spring and fall.
"The coaching staff is telling me that they need me to come in and play right away," Harrison said. "I may play free safety, I might play one of the other safety positions, and I feel pretty certain I will earn a starting role before the fall season begins."
Harrison had a standout sophomore season at SFCC, making over 118 tackles and five interceptions. He earned All-American First Team honors along with being named to First team all conference.
Harrison got a chance to take his official visit to Columbia in October for the Oklahoma State game.
"I loved the atmosphere before the ballgame and during the game," Harrison said. "No body was in a very good mood after the game, but I still had a great time."
Harrison was looking for a top 20 program where he could showcase his talents; he found that in the Missouri Tigers.
"I want to play on a big stage, for a top program," Harrison said. "Missouri gives me that opportunity. The chance to play for a conference championship and hopefully a national championship while I'm there."
Missouri's head coach Gary Pinkel also made an impression on Harrison.
"He is such a good guy," Harrison said. "He really loves it at Missouri. He is the type of coach that wants the best for his players on and off the field; I liked that a lot about him."
Harrison signed his letter of intent with Missouri last month during the early signing period.