Ennis QB Getting Closer?

Ennis QB <b>Graham Harrell</b>, ranked No. 18 in the Texas Top 100, remains uncommitted and where he'll wind up National Signing Day ('04), has recently been anybody's guess. That said, he's narrowed his choices down to two schools and there's a better idea of where he'll eventually go. Let's get right to it...

"Arizona State and Texas Tech are my top two teams," Graham Harrell told RP. "They're the two schools at the top of my list. Texas Tech, especially, I mean they've always been up there.

"Coach Dana Holgorsen was at my last game and is recruiting me just as hard as before," Harrell continued. "They've (Mike Leach and Coach Holgorsen) have been keeping in touch with me, so I'm still very high on the Red Raiders."

With the Sun Devils gaining ground and possibly even some momentum, the Red Raider coaching staff had to pursue other QB's like Idalou's, Shae Reagan, and Reedley JUCO, Robert Johnson. While they'd be happy to ink either one of those two or both, they're still going hard and heavy after the 6-2, 180-pound signal caller and will continue doing just that.

So how did Arizona State get into the picture to begin with?

"They offered me in the summer," Harrell said. "After I had already planned my unofficial trips this summer, Arizona State offered after that. So, my father paid for me to go out there. And I wasn't going to turn down a trip to Tempe. I'm glad I went too. The city was beautiful and I really enjoyed the trip.

Essentially, after "Georgia didn't work out", Harrell decided to open himself back up again. Hence, the unofficial to Arizona State.

Asked about a potential official visit to Tempe to see the Arizona State-USC game, Harrell said, "I never intended to make any more trips. I didn't think I would take any official visits, but it's already scheduled and who wouldn't want to go down there and see a good football game?"


As for the plusses ASU offers, Harrell said, "They throws the ball around quite a bit. The conference they play in -- the Pac-10 -- is a conference that likes to throw it around quite a bit."

The Pac-10 is certainly known for that, no doubt.

Mike Leach's O, of course, also provides him the opportunity to showcase his passing skills. But it's how they've managed to do without Kliff Kingsbury that has many, including Harrell, taking notice.

"It's very encouraging to see someone like B.J. step in for Kliff and continue putting up a lot of points and big numbers," said last year's 4A POY. "It gives you more confidence that their system is a good system. It's really a great offense. And it's tough to stop. You better drop eight guys back if you want to stop it, but then that's when you run it, so..."

"And it's an awful lot like our offense," Harrell continued. "I've always been attracted to that and it's just another reason Tech is one of the two schools at the top of my list."

So far, Sam Harrell, Graham's father and head coach, has the Ennis offense clicking on all cylinders. His team is off to a great start with wins over Waxahachie (55-17) and defending state champion Denton Ryan (56-18). Meanwhile, his son absolutely exploded out of the gates, already throwing for over 900 yards and 11 TDs in two games.

Folks, 900 yards and 11 TDs -- in only two games -- is totally sick...

Kid is tearing it up!

While Sun Devil alumni/fans are hoping the Ennis marksman will tear it up at their respective school, the Red Raider Nation, of course, will keep their fingers crossed as they too would love to see the stallion blowing it up at their respective school.

So where will Harrell go?

Raider Power will be all over it. Stay tuned!

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