"First I met with Coach Dorrell and he's a great guy. We talked in his office for about 30 minutes. When he talks to you, he has such a presence about him and you have to respect him. I then met with the academic advisers and got to spend a lot of time with their DL coach, Don Johnson and that was great. I already knew Coach Bieniemy well since he's the one recruiting me but I always said it was important for me to have good relationship with my position coach since that's who you spend most of your time with.
"Coach Johnson was awesome and I can't wait to play for him. We really hit it off and that basically sealed the deal for me. I just felt comfortable there and I like the direction the program is going. I don't have any regrets about committing early because I've known for awhile now that UCLA was where I wanted to be. I'm just really excited about my decision."
Harwell is one of the nation's premier pass rushers and is a two time All-State Underclass selection. He had 25 sacks as a junior after totaling 22 as a sophomore. The entire Pac 10 minus Stanford had offered along with Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas State. Arizona State proved to be the runner up for Harwell.