HT – WT – SPEED :Listed at 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, Mark Harrell is making the switch from high school tight end to offensive line. At Notre Dame, look for Harrell to move inside to center and add another 15-25 pounds in the coming year. While we don't often talk about speed of offensive linemen, Harrell is quick and capable of reaching second level defenders.
QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE : Going from a skill position to the offensive line will prove beneficial as Harrell shows solid agility, balance and quickness.
BODY FLEXIBILITY : Natural bender at the knees for offensive linemen is a must and Harrell fills that need.
STRENGTH : Remember, we're not looking at brute strength as we look more for a players ability to recoil from the upper and lower body. Harrell's natural ability give him solid lower body recoil and when you add in some time with Paul Longo you'll have a player who will combine the two to be explosive and powerful.
PRODUCTION : This is where any concerns can enter when looking at Harrell as a prospect because he's in a learning mode. However, he's shown in a short time to be fully capable of making the switch to center and is working with a coach since his season ended to get even better.
ON THE FIELD
Harrell has ideal size to grow into a major center at the college level. When looking at the center position you need a player who can reach second level defenders and mobility is an important asset. Don't look for Harrell to get much bigger than 300-pounds as his game is to use quickness in the zone blocking scheme. Coming from the tight end position means Harrell has the ability to come off the line quickly. However, he's now adding in the chore of making the snap and will have a crash course once he's on campus and in practice. If we could have gotten a solid look at Harrell as a center full time I feel this would be a four-star ranking.
Harrell could and would have been ranked higher if he'd been a fulltime offensive lineman during his high school career. He's been in a crash course this past season and is still learning and understanding how to use his arms and hands to gain advantages against defenders. He's also working on the smaller parts of being an offensive lineman (technique) and this will come in time. Everything we've seen of Harrell shows a player with a great upside who has only scratched the surface of his abilities. We feel Harrell's best football is ahead of him and give him a four-star ranking.