Harrison: 'They Have Tremendous Potential'

One of the top junior college players in the country is City College of San Francisco (CA) standout Jarrell Harrison, and the talented safety was in Raleigh this past weekend for an official visit to NC State.

One of the top junior college players in the country is City College of San Francisco (CA) standout Jarrell Harrison, and the talented safety was in Raleigh this past weekend for an official visit to NC State.

"It went real well," said Harrison. "I had a nice time at NC State. It was the first trip I've been on where the team I was visiting got the 'W.' I had a nice time there with all of the players. NC State has great facilities... overall it was a very good trip."

Hosting Harrison was Wolfpack safety Javon Walker. Sidelined this season with a knee injury, Walker watched the game against Miami from the stands with Harrison.

"Javon was cool," said Harrison. "We got along really well. He was telling me everything about the school and how much he likes it there."

What are Harrison's thoughts on the Wolfpack program?

"They have tremendous potential," he said. "I believe with the people they have now and if they can get a few more pieces to the puzzle they really have a chance to shock some people next year.

"They played lights out against Miami. On the west coast you really don't see many NC State games, but they are real good. Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is legit. He was out there making all kinds of plays."

Visiting NC State with Harrison was CCSF teammate Edwin Herbert. A four-star defensive tackle, Herbert also holds an offer from the Wolfpack. According to Harrison, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien is hoping the duo will come in and contribute right away for the Wolfpack.

"Edwin didn't want to leave," said Harrison. "He really liked it up there. He thinks coach O'Brien really has NC State going in the right direction.

"Coach O'Brien was telling me that if I came in for spring practice I could fight to be the No. 1 guy on the depth chart. He said that me and Edwin are high up their list, and we can come in and compete for playing time. I believe him because you can tell he's a straightforward coach."

After a stellar prep career, Jarrell Harrison was destined to play for the hometown school, but academics derailed his plans and now he is back on the market.

As a senior at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas (NV), Harrison, playing quarterback, led his team to the Class 4A state championship and was named the Southern Nevada Offensive Player of the Year. He passed for 763 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 683 yards and 13 scores.

He inked with UNLV over Oregon State the following February, as the Runnin' Rebels offered him the opportunity to play quarterback. However, he failed to qualify academically and headed to Pierce (CA) Comm. College in 2006. He attended the school for a year before transferring to City College of San Francisco, arguably the top junior college program in the country. At CCSF, he medically redshirted in 2007 and really burst on the scene this year. With two years to play two seasons, Harrison is looking for a place he can play right away.

"Playing time is a major factor for me," he said. "I've only got two years to play so I'm looking for a school where I can go in and contribute right away. I'm looking for the best fit for me, but it's really going to be where I can come in and make the biggest impact right away. All of the colleges that have offered me say I can come right in and compete for playing time."

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, he has prototypical size for the free safety position and had a big sophomore year at CCSF. He finished the regular season with over 100 tackles and four interceptions, earning first-team all-conference honors. He helped lead CCSF to a 7-3 record and a berth in the Hawaiian Punch Bowl on Dec. 6 in San Francisco.

"We had a good year," said Harrison. "I'm looking forward to our bowl game. We're going to win that one."

The season hasn't prevented Harrison from focusing on his recruitment. With offers on the table from Arizona, NC State, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona State, and UNLV, Harrison has now taken visits to NC State, Missouri, and Arizona. Looking to sign in December, he could be closing in on making a decision.

"Right now I'm going to sit back and evaluate everything," said Harrison. "I'm looking for the best chance for me to come in and play right away.

"I really don't have a leader but my top three are probably NC State, Missouri, and Arizona. NC State is definitely right there. It's probably still going to be around signing day when I make a decision."

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