Last season Graham earned all-district and player of the year honors; while leading Ennis High to a 16-0 record and a 4A state championship. He finished the season with 3,400 yards and 46 TDs with another 1,050 yards and 17 TDs rushing. Harrell expects to have an even better year this season (if that's possible).
"Yes sir, I think we are going to be good. We have some good guys returning and our system's still in place. I like our chances to win the title again."
We reached Harrell Monday night, and he was ironically on his way home from a weekend unofficial visit to NC State. Within the past week he's visited Georgia, Purdue, and NC State respectively.
"Actually, I'm on my way home from NC State right now. We flew in Saturday night and stayed through Monday afternoon. Coach Mazzone's recruiting me for NC State and it's a good school. They have some beautiful facilities and the countryside down there is better looking then here in Texas."
"I also did a mini-camp with NC State this morning. It was pretty good and I got to throw the ball around a bit. They had like 650 kids there and I think I did real well."
"Overall, that was a great visit."
It had been rumored that the Texas Tech Red Raiders have been the leader for Harrell. Is that still the case?
"I think NC State, Texas Tech, and Georgia are my three leaders. Those stick out the most and not one stands out more then the others. I still like Texas Tech because they run the offense we run at Ennis, but I wouldn't call them a single leader. It's not that they've fallen any, but I've seen the other schools and they have risen a bit in my eyes."
Don't expect a quick decision from Harrell, who is in no hurry to decide.
"I'm in no hurry to choose and I don't have a timetable. Honestly, I don't know which school I want to play for right now. I just don't know."
We do know that after visiting Purdue, Georgia, and NC State, other schools will join Texas Tech in the race for super quarterback prospect Graham Harrell.