"SMU sent me a letter last Friday and it was hand-written so I figured they were pretty interested," Harvill stated to PonyStampede.com. "I called Coach Hill the next day and we talked for a little while. He told me about the campus a little bit and told me he wanted me to come down there for camp. I told him that I would talk to my dad about it. Then on Tuesday, Coach Floyd told me they offered me. I was pretty excited, so I called him back the next day."
Harvill, a defensive tackle, already had an offer from UNLV, and is getting heavy interest from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, and UCLA. Last season for Shiloh Christian, he had 16 sacks and 96 tackles (25 for loss).
So what does the sophomore think about June Jones going against his norm and offering him early?
"I guess he really liked my film a lot. It's a blessing to get an offer as a sophomore. It's my second one, and I'm glad that I'm impressing some coaches. It's really a blessing," said Harvill.
SMU will not be his last offer. The defensive tackle's stock is on the rise as he's added almost 20 pounds of muscle since last fall. Currently he is 6-1, 250 pounds, and runs a 4.87-forty. Harvill has made national headlines for his bench pressing ability. He currently holds the national sophomore record for 55 reps of 185 pounds. His current max is 515 pounds.
"SMU is wanting me to come down and I'm planning on coming and looking around. I want to check out the campus and see the football facilities," stated the sophomore. "I definitely think that schools that are recruiting me now will have an advantage. They are getting to know me and stuff like that. I would say its a big advantage."
Academically, Harvill will have no problem qualifying. His 4.0 GPA is tops in his academic class.
"I'm trying to decide right now what I want to go into. I'm thinking law and Coach Hill was telling me about a current player that is getting a business degree and then he is going to get his law degree. As far as the football team, I want to try to get into a defense that I like," said Harvill. "I have heard a lot of good things about SMU. They seem to have a really good football program and great academics down there. It sounds great."
With the Feb. 2011 about 21 months away, Harvill has plenty of time to decide and will take it.
"I'm probably wanting to wait until my senior year so I can let it all pan out. I'm wanting to see what schools offer me," said the defensive stopper. "I'm wanting to stay open and not commit right away."
PonyStampede.com will stay close the situation and let you know if anything happens with Samuel Harvill.
Video: 48 reps of 185 as a freshman