Junior report: Ennis QB Graham Harrell

With Grand Prairie's <B>Rhett Bomar</B> recently profiled by <B>Jamie Newberg</B> and IT's junior previews of North Shore's <B>Bobby Reid</B> and Burnet's <B>Stephen McGee</B>, we turn our attention to <B>Graham Harrell</B>. The Ennis signal caller is one of several standout QBs in the state. And after you get past the aforementioned four, there are more than another dozen QB prospects that have coaches across America vying for their signatures.

Some of the other stud signal-callers are Mike Nichols -- who IT is extremely excited about profiling next -- Joseph Fields, Scott Elliott and Jordan Dodson from the Houston-area along with Kirby Freeman of Brownwood, Jordan Chambliss representing Corpus, Patrick Williams and Jordan Reever in the metroplex and Chris Marshall of Texarkana. That's just a few. And even more such as Josh Welch of Copperas Cove, Chase Anderle of La Grange, Caleb Hanie of Forney and Cameron Phillips and Dawson Wilburn in West Texas also in the mix. This year is so ripe with QB talent that it'll be entertaining, to say the least, to see how all of these QBs eventually do on the next level.

Even more interesting than "The Year of the Quarterback" tag being thrown around this recruiting season is the unheard of number of bluechip wideouts. Never before has Texas produced such a top-heavy batch of standout pass-catchers in a single recruiting class. Sure, everybody has heard of the Big Three, but we're talking more like the Big 8. Perhaps this year's mother lode of Texas D-I "pass and catch" prospects should be labeled "The Everybody Just Go Deep" class.

Having said all of that, it's time to profile Ennis head coach Sam Harrell's son, Graham Harrell.

"Graham is 6-3, 185 pounds and runs a 4.7," Harrell said. "We haven't timed 40s in a while for a lot of reasons. But I would say Graham is every bit a 4.7 guy."

The reasons Ennis' head man had for eliminating the testing of forty speed actually makes quite a bit of sense.

"We had everybody upset after timing the kids a couple of years ago," Harrell said. "The kids thought they ran faster than they did. The coaches were looking at the forty times and thinking we didn't have enough speed. I mean everybody was walking around unhappy and all gloomy. So I decided to fix all of that. We just stopped doing it. Now nobody is unhappy and everyone can just play football."

Weight room numbers?

"Graham can bench around 250, squat 375 and (power) clean 205," the head coach told IT.

Sophomore Stats: 375 attempts, 235 completions, 3,972 yards, 53 TDs and 10 INTs.

Junior Stats: 349 attempts, 221 completions, 3,411 yards, 46 TDs and 6 INTs. Also rushed for 1,055 yards and 17 TDs.

Sophomore Accolades: District Newcomer of the Year, DMN's Newcomer of the Year, 1st-team all-district, all-area, all-state.

Junior Accolades: 4A Player of the Year, district 16-4A MVP, 1st-team all-state, all-metroplex, all-district.

Camp Agenda: Passing camp in Abilene and TheInsiders Nike Camp at College Station.

Scholarship offers: None

With Mike Nichols on tap next, we will have profiled the top five QBs in this year's class.

And we'll have some more info on Ennis QB standout Graham Harrell in today's Inside Scoop.


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