Harrell approaches decision

Texas prep signal-caller has three schools in mind

Clark Harrell, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback prospect at Ennis (Texas) High School, has likely wrapped up his official visits and would like to make a decision within the next couple weeks.

"I have it pretty much narrowed down to UTEP, Tulsa and Wisconsin," Harrell said. "I went to all three of those on visits. Now that I'm done with them I'd like to come home and think about them and kind of weigh the goods and bads about all of them and try to make a decision before not too long."

Harrell said he liked the atmosphere at Wisconsin and the fact that every game at the more than 80,000-seat Camp Randall Stadium is a sellout. He also gets along well with future head coach Bret Bielema.

"I like him a lot," Harrell said. "It is just top-of-line college football. It doesn't get much better than that."

The drawback to Wisconsin, Harrell said, is the nearly 1,100-mile journey from Ennis and the considerable change in weather from his Texas home. But Harrell said he could deal with the cold, especially since it usually did not affect regular season college games.

"It's not like they're the (Green Bay) Packers," Harrell said. "They don't play in it every week. That wouldn't be bad. They just said in the offseason—December, January, February—it gets pretty cold. I can handle it."

The fact that Wisconsin plays in the Big Ten will help its cause, but UTEP and Tulsa have plenty to offer as well.

Harrell said he gets along well with UTEP head coach Mike Price and his sons, offensive coordinator Eric Price and quarterbacks/kickers coach Aaron Price.

"I like all the Prices, I like all the coaching staff at UTEP," Harrell said. "UTEP has really nice facilities and obviously the Sun Bowl is really nice… They throw it a lot and I like that. That's a strong point for me."

What does he like about Tulsa?

"Their strong point really for me is they have a great coaching staff," Harrell said. "Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe, he's a real great guy, and he has a good staff around him… I think they're getting a lot better since he's been there. I think that's going to probably continue. So that would be a good program to come into."

Harrell opened his official visit swing with a trip to UTEP Dec. 2, then traveled to Tulsa and Wisconsin in successive weekends. Harrell said there was a chance that he could schedule another official visit, if a good opportunity came up, but that he does not have another one planned.

"I really don't think I'll take any more," he said.

"I'd like to make (my decision) in the next two weeks," Harrell said. "I need to kind of get on it more. But I'd like (to decide) as soon as I can."


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