Harrell a Priority for the Pack

NC State recently checked in on Tampa (FL) Freedom linebacker Anthony Harrell while in Orlando and let him know he's a priority for the class of 2011.

NC State was in the Sunshine State a couple of weeks ago for their game against Central Florida  but the game wasn't the only thing on the minds of the coaches.

The state of Florida is home to several top recruiting targets for the Wolfpack, including 6-3, 215-pound linebackerAnthony Harrell of Tampa (FL) Freedom.

Harrell has been near the top of the Pack's recruiting board at linebacker for a good long while now and he has always had positive things to say about NC State and the school's coaching staff. Assistant coach Jason Swepson stopped by Harrell's school the Friday before the UCF game and make his presence known.

"They were playing UCF so he came by my school," Harrell told Pack Pride over the weekend. "NC State's excited about getting me. I'm liking them a lot. I haven't really been able to check up on how they've been doing, but I'm going to do that. I just haven't had enough time to follow many teams yet."

Swepson has talked to Harrell about his desire to see him take an official visit to Raleigh and that's something that should be happening later in the year. Harrell said he is making such a trip to NC State a priority, and he will probably take official visits to West Virginia and Wake Forest as well.

"We have talked about some of the games I could go up to, but I still have to talk to my dad to see which one it will be," he said. "It will probably be one of the October games."

Harrell recently visited Florida for UF's win over South Florida. Though the Gators have not offered Harrell a scholarship the Bulls have and he has shown a lot of interest in USF.

Recruiting isn't the only thing on Harrell's mind these days, of course. Freedom's high school team is undefeated through two games and Harrell has been lining up at running back and linebacker. Though he isn't sure of his stats in those two games he did say he is getting to the ball quicker and hitting harder than he has at any point in his playing career up until now.

Harrell also said he has "a couple of favorites" but doesn't want to go public with that because he still wants to continue to hear from other schools that might be interested.

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