April 1, 2013

Harrell has his choices

Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.) defensive back T.J. Harrell holds nearly two dozen offers and his senior season hasn't even started.

But not all of those offers are the same.

Some schools have offered the three-star prospect as a ball-hawking safety, and other programs are coming after him as a running back.

One of the schools who offered him as a running back, Georgia, hosted Harrell on Monday, and the Tampa native had nothing but positive things to say about his first trip to UGA.

"Terrific. Terrific," said Harrell when asked to share his thoughts on the visit to UGA. "I like the facilities. I like the way the coaches approached us and showed us a good time. I really like UGA."

The Bulldog coaching staff originally offered Harrell as a running back, but in his visit to Athens, Georgia let him know that they could be recruiting him to play safety as well.

"They told me that they like my versatility," he said. "They like the fact that I can play running back, but at the same time play defensive back. They are still a little iffy on where they want me at. They let me know they want me, they're just not sure on which position."

When it comes to a preference of position Harrell says that he has none and just wants to play the game he loves.

"I just want to play football," he said. "Wherever somebody wants me at, they can play me at because they are going to get the same. Whether I'm playing running back or I'm playing (defensive back)."

The highlight of the visit for Harrell was spending time with a coach, but it wasn't one of the 10 on-field coaches for the Bulldogs.

"What really stood out to me was the strength coach," he said. "I like Coach T (Joe Tereshinski). He broke it down to us and not only talked to us about how he really wants us, but he talked about our future. He talked about our degrees and the academic part and not just the football part."

Monday was Harrell's first visit to Georgia, and after one trip to the Classic City, the Sunshine State playmaker says the Bulldogs are among the leaders for his signature.

"It definitely puts them at the top," he said. "I haven't seen many schools so it gives them that extra edge on all the schools I haven't seen."

For Georgia and the other schools that are recruiting Harrell, however, it might be a waiting game.

His current focus is on his Tampa Catholic team and winning a championship.

"I'm focused on getting me and my team to a state championship," Harrell said. "College is going to be big later on, but right now I'm working on getting me and my boys ready for a state championship run."

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