With all of the attention he is getting, though, Harwell has other things on his mind. "Right now, recruiting isn't my big focus, I am focusing on taking my SAT, getting bigger and stronger for the season, and getting our team back to the top," said Harwell. "I know that the colleges will be there, but first things first."
While he is spending the majority of his time at defensive tackle and defensive end for Los Altos, Harwell is being recruited primarily as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. "I could play defensive tackle, but I think I could do end and linebacker real well."
Currently, Harwell has no favorite, but his top three are UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. "UCLA was my childhood favorite. I used to watch (Cade) McNown play and they were real good. I am wide open right now, but UCLA is definitely near the top."
Harwell had a strong showing at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, performing as one of the top defensive linemen there and being in the running for MVP. That, coupled with a strong junior year, has sent a lot of coaches to his campus. "UCLA has been by here. Coach Bieniemy is recruiting me, and I know he went to Bishop Amat. I went to one of UCLA's practices and saw how the school was. I saw Coach Johnson and I think he is a real good coach. And Coach Dorrell, he is real cool, I would be honored to play for him."
Harwell lives with his brother Joe, who he says "has raised me and pushed me to do well in school, and wants me to stay close to home, but knows it's my decision. I'll play anywhere but I prefer to stay near home too."
Harwell has a 3.0 GPA and is taking the SAT in June.