Harrell to follow in Foster's footsteps?

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It is hard to find a team in the country that has a better recruiting class at the position of running back than the Tennessee Volunteers.

With commitments from four-star stud runner Jalen Hurd and three-star back Treyvon Paulk the Vols are sitting pretty, but they might not be done yet.

This week Vols running back coach Robert Gillespie extended an offer to Tampa Catholic (Fla.) High School prospect T.J. Harrell who is a huge fan of former Tennessee Vol turned NFL superstar Arian Foster.

"Even before they offered me and even before I got to high school I always liked Tennessee," Harrell told InsideTennessee. "My favorite running back, Arian Foster, came from there. To follow in his footsteps would be awesome and they have some of the best facilities in the nation."

Currently Harrell is ranked as the No. 28 safety in the 2014 class according to FOX Sports NEXT, but thus far the Vols are interested in the Tampa, Fla., native coming out of the offensive backfield.

"Right now they are just talking about running back, but when Coach (Butch) Jones and I talked he told me the defensive coach wanted to talk with me too, but as far as they know right now it is running back," he said. "I will play anywhere though. The position that a school wants me at won't be a factor in my decision. I just want to go somewhere and play."

As a junior, Harrell was a monster contributor on both sides of the football racking up 108 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 1 interception on defense as well as 616 rushing yards, six touchdowns on offense.

Harrell, who stands at 6-feet-1 and weighs in at 200 pounds, has 10.8 100-meter-dash speed, which has to be a draw for Gillespie who is building his relationship with the three-star prospect "Brick by Brick" as Jones likes to say.

"So far it is one of those relationship where when we first started talking it was strictly football, but it's not anymore," Harrell said of Gillespie. "Now we talk about stuff beyond football like what I want to do after college, how I work out, what I watch on TV and what I like to eat. Things have really grown to where we can just talk."

National powerhouses such as Oregon, Alabama, West Virginia, Florida, Oklahoma and Florida State are heavily recruiting the Semper Fi All-American Selection. Going forward, comfort, not location, will be the main factor in where he chooses to play his college football.

"It is really when I get on that campus, do I feel at home," he said. "That is the most important thing to me. I want to feel like it is a fit for me. I don't need to be close to home. I just want to feel comfortable."

Harrell plans to wait till National Signing Day (Feb. 5) to make his decision, but will visit a slue of schools over the summer, including Tennessee. You can see highlights from his junior season below:

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