Pack Offers Another Tidewater Standout

NC State appears to be hitting the Tidewater area of Virginia particularly hard this year. Read on for the latest prospect from that region to earn a scholarship from NC State.

Todd Harrelson had a tremendous 2006 season, finishing with 24 pass break-ups and seven interceptions at cornerback and 32 receptions for 710 yards at wide receiver. The 6-2, 190-pound Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) junior's ability on both sides of the ball has earned him six scholarship offers to date - Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Harrelson credits a lot of his success to the program he plays for.

"In practice, everybody plays at a high level," said Harrelson, who has been on the varsity level for two years. "We have so much talent and that makes you play better. It helps in practices and it makes things easier in games. The program itself teaches you confidence, discipline and it has given us the mentality to work hard and stay focused."

As a sophomore, Harrelson only played cornerback but he was a starter. He started on both sides of the ball this past season. Harrelson was a first-team all-district and first-team all-Tidewater selection at defensive back in 2006.

A good all around athlete, he plays on the varsity basketball squad and also participates in the 400 meters and the long jump in track.

"With my height, I could play either corner or receiver [in college]. Or, I could play another defensive back position if I stay on defense," Harrelson said. "It really doesn't matter to me where I play. I'll go wherever the coach needs me.

"Right now, most of the schools want me as a receiver."

Asked what makes him so successful on defense, Harrelson replied, "Instincts, mostly. And our coaches teach us to move our hips and do individual moves to get to the ball at the right time."

In terms of his recruitment, the versatile talent did not let on to any favorites.

"My options are open right now," Harrelson said. "I don't really know which schools would be my favorites."

Harrelson has not visited any schools before, but he plans to do so this winter and spring. This Saturday, he goes to UVa for a junior day. On Sunday, he goes to Maryland and he plans to go to N.C. State for a junior day as well.

Harrelson gave his early impressions on Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"I don't really know too much about UVa, but Coach Price tells me a lot of good stuff about the program," Harrelson said. "UVa has given me a lot of love so far and they say I could maybe play early in 2008. I have seen them on TV and they look like a good program on the rise.

"I'm definitely considering Virginia Tech. I love their defense. Their defense is one of the top defenses in the nation. And their wide receivers are leaving soon, so if I go there and play offense I could maybe play right away."

Location could play a small role here.

"I'll look mostly at schools on the east coast," Harrelson said. "I don't know if I want to go that far away from home."


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