The Wolfpack is making a move with an athlete from Florida that just about any coach would love to have. But there still may be some ground to make up.
NC State has been recruiting Tampa (FL) Catholic's T.J. Harrell for
a while now but only recently have the Wolfpack seemed to catch his
attention. Now he is mentioning NC State in the same breath as some
of his top choices.
Harrell said on Tuesday that Ole Miss, Missouri, Florida State, NC
State and Louisville are the schools he has been in the most regular
contact with recently and that could be a good indication as to
which schools top his list.
He offered some brief thoughts on what appeals to him about each of
Ole Miss - "Not just the fact they're doing good this year. That's
all dandy. I'm still looking at Kentucky and they're having a year
that's not so good. It's that Ole Miss really has a coaching staff I
can relate to. They want me to come out there and play for them.
They're losing some linebackers next year so they're looking for
guys that can play early."
Florida State - "Being a recruit I don't watch the games just to
watch, but they have been impressive. I watch to see what position
would be doing. They want me for running back so I've been watching
those guys and seeing those guys up front that would block for me,
keep me safe and open holes for a nice speedy power back like me.
They have impressed me."
Louisville - "My thoughts on them haven't changed. It's all good.
Their loss (to Central Florida) doesn't really hurt them. The games
now only go so far because I'm not with that team. Louisville is
still in my top group and that hasn't changed. I felt like they
actually needed that loss. You get up 28-7 and put it in cruise
control, that will bite you in the butt against a good team."
NC State - "They're one of those programs that aren't too high up
but they're up and coming. It's good to be on a team that's already
high up but it would be good to be part of a team that's on the way
up. Coach Huxtable is my recruiter and he's a pretty cool man. He
came to the school for a visit and he's shown me a lot of love."
Missouri - "They've been awesome. Missouri has really impressed me
man. They're one of those teams that's come out of nowhere. That's
another team that's recruiting me as a running back."
Harrell will take official visits to Michigan State (11/2) and Ole
Miss (11/24). He said Louisville will definitely get a visit and NC
State is most likely going to get one. Florida State will not get an
official visit as the 6-0, 180-pound athlete is close to Tallahassee
and can visit unofficially on his own dime.
Pack Making Harrell a Priority
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