Harrell Plans to Visit Pack Soon

Tampa (FL) linebacker Anthony Harrell has emerged as a major prospect on the Wolfpack's radar, and the rising senior plans to visit NC State in August.

Tampa (FL) Freedom linebacker Anthony Harrell will be visiting NC State very soon.

That's what the 6-3, 215-pound rising senior told Pack Pride when we caught up with him this weekend.

Harrell spoke with Pack Pride in early July and talked about his interest in the program. He's still taking a hard look at NC State and the coaching staff has convinced him to come up for a visit in the next couple of weeks. Wolfpack running back's coach Jason Swepson has been the lead recruiter for State and has helped establish the Pack as a major contender for Harrell's commitment.

"I talk to coach Swepson probably every week or every other week," Harrell explained. "I'm probably going up there and taking visit to look around and see if I like it. I will be up there at the beginning of August (August 6)."

In a previous interview, Harrell talked about what he finds attractive about the NC State program.

"It's a school I like a lot," Harrell said. "The main reason I like them is they're in the ACC and that's big-time football. That's what I'm trying to play. They've got a good atmosphere.

"I don't want to be in a country town or anything when I go to college. Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina so I figure it can't be too boring there."

Harrell said he is also taking a hard look at Wake Forest and he may visit that school while he's in North Carolina as well. Coach Russ from Wake has been recruiting him, and though the Deacons haven't offered him yet, he said he thinks he will have an offer from them "by early September."

Though NC State appears to have a good opportunity to make their pitch coming up, some of this may be outside of their control. Harrell said he wouldn't have a problem leaving the state of Florida if that's what it comes to, but he has a clear preference for several schools in the SEC.

"I went to the Auburn camp recently," Harrell said. "It went pretty good. I didn't talk to them too much but it went good.

"Right now I'm not sure when I want to (narrow things down). I'm leaving it open so I can go see a couple more schools and see if they offer. Right now it all depends on what offers I get.

"I like Florida a lot. I like Georgia and Tennessee, too. I really like the SEC schools. Tennessee and coach Thompson have been recruiting me some. I've talked to them."

He was supposed to visit Tennessee for a camp last week but he wasn't able to work it into his schedule. In all, Harrell has 21 offers, so while some of his favorites haven't offered it's not as though he's in a bad position.

Some schools are recruiting Harrell as an H-Back or a fullback, but he believes he is best suited for linebacker. That will be a factor, as will several other things.

"The academics, the crowd atmosphere, the facilities and coaching stability," Harrell said, citing those things that will be important to him when it comes time to choose a school. "I don't want my coach to be gone after I get there."

As a junior, Harrell was one of Florida's most productive linebackers. He finished the year with 125 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. For his efforts Harrell received class 5A all-state honorable mention and was named to the all-Suncoast and all-county teams. Harrell is currently rated the No. 42 middle linebacker in the nation and a three star prospect by Scout.com.

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