4-star ATH Harrell favoring two

Tampa Catholic four-star standout T.J. Harrell has more than two dozen offers and has two in-state programs out in front, including USF. See why the versatile athlete likes the hometown Bulls and more.

Tampa Catholic's T.J. Harrell, one of the top recruits in the Tampa Bay area, just finished playing with Unsigned Preps at the IMG 7-on-7 Southeast Championships.

The 6-foot-1, 205 pound prospect is a versatile athlete, being recruited as a running back, safety, and outside linebacker. He's also one of the hottest, as he's been talking with coaches from all over.

"Things are going good, recruiting has really hyped up and I'm talking to a lot of different coaches," said Harrell. "I've been talking the most with Florida State and USF. I've also been talking a lot with Florida, Michigan, Mississippi State and Kentucky."

4-star prospect currently has 28 scholarship offers including ones from South Florida,  Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Boise State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, UCLA and more.

With an impressive list of offers, Harrell says he doesn't have a solid top five, but there are a few that are sticking out right now.

"The schools that I have visited USF and FSU have an advantage until I can see the out of state schools," Harrell said. "Right now USF and Florida State have the edge and are out in front."

Harrell talked about what stands out to him about USF.

"Coach T. (Head Coach Willie Taggart), he's good coach and just a great guy," said Harrell. "He recruited me as a running back, and with him being a running back coach, that really helps my decision if I were to go to USF. Mostly because of the backs he's coached and the offense they run and all that good stuff. I also feel like the new staff is going to turn the program around"

Besides being a local school, there are other things that Harrell likes about the program

"It's not only the fact that that they're lose and I could always go home and get a home cooked meal, but there's a lot going on there and I already know some players there, like Marcus Shaw, and Dre (Andre Davis). My teammate Zach Benjamin, he's already going there. So I know I'll already have connections if I go there."

The local prospect got to see the Bulls play this spring and liked what he saw.

"I went to a practice and they were intense," said Harrell. "Since they're recruiting me as a running back I mostly watched the offense, Every time they would score or a running back would do something like put on a good move, they would all celebrate and they show that intensity that you want to see out of a team."

The coveted athlete said he won't be making an early decision.

"I'll be making it late, sometime after the All-American Game," said Harrell. "I'm looking at the program, playing time, and who shows me the most love."

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