Harrelson made a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels in June. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Smith selected UNC over scholarship offers from Clemson, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
"Just the chemistry that the coaches had and the team," Harrelson said of the reasons he chose UNC. "I just had a good relationship [with the coaches] when I went down there. And it's not far from home and my mom likes it. Overall it was a good fit. And I just felt like I could fit in with the team."
Despite his pledge, a few schools attempted to pry Harrelson away from UNC.
"There were a few schools, but as soon as they knew that I committed most of them fell back," Harrelson said. "But there were a few schools that still wanted me to at least visit their school."
Harrelson declined all official visit invites except UNC's and went down to Chapel Hill on January 11. It was during his official visit that he got acquainted with many of his fellow recruits.
"I think 2008 is going to be a good year," Harrelson said.
A little over two months ago, Harrelson saw his senior football season end a game shorter than expected. His nationally ranked squad was unseated, 24-21, by Chantilly (Va.) Westfield, which was led by NC State-bound Mike Glennon.
Harrelson truly saved his best for last. In that game – the final of his prep career – he caught 15 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns.
"Overall, my performance that day, I couldn't hold my head down," Harrelson said.
Harrelson was named to the all-state team as both a wide receiver and defensive back. He ended his senior season with 61 catches for 1,241 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also recorded four interceptions on defense.
He is being recruited by UNC to play wide receiver. Kenny Browning, a long time recruiter of the Tidewater area of Virginia, handled Harrelson's recruitment.
Following the completion of his football season, Harrelson joined Smith's basketball team starting at shooting guard. He's not certain if he'll participate in a spring sport.
"If I don't do track, I'm going to hit the weights and do my own conditioning workouts," he said.