Sleeper Recruit Offered

...And he indicates that he might commit within a week after returning home from the UCLA camp. Who is this guy?

He's Jeremy Harrell, OL/DL, 6-2, 285, Texarkana (Tex.) Texas, and he looked very good at UCLA's camp Tuesday.

He is so good, so explosive off the line, that UCLA has offered him a scholarship.

And in fact, Harrell said that he could very likely commit to UCLA within a week. "I want to go home and talk to my dad and my coach and think about it for a week," Harrell said. "But UCLA is where I probably think I want to be."

Harrell said UCLA is his first offer, even though other schools have said they were close to offering. "Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Colorado all are recruiting me and they said they'd probably offer when they could call me again in September."

So, how did it happen that Harrell came to UCLA's camp? "Well, Coach Pearce knows my high school coach," Harrell said. "And he came to my high school in the spring and told my coach he liked me. So, when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to camp, I thought about Coach Pearce and how he wanted to give me a shot. And I had never been to California, so I thought it'd be a good idea."

Even though he's only been in California for two days, it had already made an impression on Harrell. "It's great. It's really nice and it keeps growing on me. The longer I'm here the more I like it."

Harrell plays both ways -- offensive line and defensive line -- on his high school team, and he said that many colleges like him for both. "I prefer offensive line," he said, "And I'll probably play offensive line in college. But I like them both and just want to play."

So, Harrell should have a pretty eventful week when he returns to Texarkana. "Yeah, I will. I'll spend the week thinking about what I want to do, and thinking about committing."

Harrell said he has a 3.3 GPA and took the ACT in June.


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