Signee Update: Todd Harrelson

The high school accolades continue to pile up for North Carolina signee Todd Harrelson. The Chesapeake (Va.) Smith product has qualified for the regional track meet in the 4x100-meter, high jump, and long jump.

"I'm excited," said Harrelson, who also participates in the 200-meter. "After this I'll be focused on just football."

Harrelson helped Smith to a 13-1 record and its deepest playoff run in school history – the VHSL State Semifinals. He was named first team all-state at wide receiver and second team all-state at defensive back.

In the winter sports season, Harrelson played shooting guard on Smith's basketball team. Harrelson averaged 12 points on the season, while Smith had a 12-10 season that ended in the first round of the VHSL playoffs.

Like all of UNC's signees, Harrelson has received a workout regimen from the Tar Heels' coaching staff. However, his busy sports schedule won't allow him to follow it until after his track season.

"I was looking at the book and everything is basically like proper form," Harrelson said. "And the workouts you do they want you to record everything."

Harrelson is still at his football playing weight of 187 pounds. He aims to be up to "a solid" 195 pounds before he arrives in Chapel Hill.

Harrelson, who has passed the NCAA Clearinghouse and is currently working through the UNC admissions paperwork, plans to arrive on campus on June 16th.

During the recruiting process, Harrelson developed a strong relationship with his primary recruiter, Kenny Browning. His communication with the staff, however, has shifted more towards Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach. He even hears sometimes from John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator.

"[Williams] said right now – even with the receivers they have [and] how good they are – I can still come in and make an instant impact," Harrelson said. "He told me how things can really open up for me after a lot of those guys leave after this year."

In addition to playing time, another item that will open up for Harrelson following the 2008 season is his desired jersey number – his high school No. 2 – which senior Cooter Arnold currently sports. For the time being, Harrelson will settle for No. 5

Harrelson emphasized that the staff doesn't expect to red-shirt him this fall.

"That's a plus," Harrelson said. "I'm looking forward to getting there and just playing early. [I'll] get some playing experience so I can be ready for the following year."

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