This electrifying senior-to-be pass-rusher joins Humbles's Raymond Serres as the second player from the Class of 2003 to verbally commit to Texas Tech.
Last season, Harrell recorded 139 tackles, seven sacks and one interception for Stephenville, which finished 7-4, but fell 35-21 to Fort Worth Dunbar in the playoffs.
A former linebacker, Harrell also plays baseball and participates in powerlifting competitions. He benches 355 pounds, squats 650 pounds and owns a 24-inch vertical.
Thayer's Take: "John has excellent size-speed ratio and is a superb natural athlete. He works well with his hands and feet in unison. He's also a very smart football player, who has good agility and natural explosiveness. His presence will significantly upgrade Tech's defensive toughness up front."
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JG: What other schools did you consider before choosing Tech?
JH: "I also looked at Nebraska, Texas Christian, Oklahoma and Louisiana State."
JG: What set Tech apart from other schools?
JH: "When I went to the football camp there last summer and talked to the defensive line coach (Ron Harris), I just loved it. I also have a lot of friends there and it's pretty close to home."
JG: Do you anticipate playing as a true freshman, or do you expect to redshirt?
JH: "I'm really hoping to start my freshman year, but if the coaches don't think I'm ready, that's okay. I'll get my chance to play later down the road."
JG: What are your thoughts on Coach Leach?
JH: "He's a great head coach. He really knows the game. I'm really excited to play for him and Tech."
JG: How are you preparing for Big 12 football?
JH: "I've been lifting a lot to get stronger and doing different exercises to improve my speed."
JG: On the football field, who do you compare yourself to as player?
JH: "I play a lot like Clayton Harmon, my former high school teammate, who started at Tech as a freshman last season. I like to use my hands a lot and use my speed to get around offensive linemen."
JG: Did Harmon influence your verbal commitment?
JH: "Yes, because I respect his opinion and he was very positive about his overall experience at Tech."
JG: Where do you see the Tech football program heading in the future?
JH: "They went to a good bowl game this year. They have beaten Texas A&M, played Nebraska tough and beat K-State. I think that with the way Coach Leach has them going, we'll be competing for a national championship within the next few years."
JG: Thanks for your time tonight and good luck.
JH: "No problem, take care."