April 2, 2010

In-state DE visits UA

Plantersville (AL) Dallas County defensive end Keymiya Harrell continues to receive more and more attention from top programs around the South and has already picked up three offers from SEC powers Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Last weekend, Harrell took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to take in a spring practice and get a chance to talk more with some of the Crimson Tide coaching staff.

"I went up to Tuscaloosa last Saturday and got a chance to watch the team practice," Harrell said. "I also got to listen to the coaches talk to the team and I got to sit down with some of the position coaches to talk to them one on one. It was a really good visit."

"Coach Pendry has been the guy I've been talking to from Alabama and he's a really great guy, kind of a father figure. He's always interested in how I'm doing in school and what I have going on outside of football."

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass rusher said he was struck by the athleticism and intensity he saw from the Tide players, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

"What impressed me the most was watching their players during practice, especially on defense. I've never seen players practice with that much intensity before."

Though Harrell has yet to receive an offer from the Tide, he hopes a strong performance at various camps and events this summer may convince the Tide and other schools to extend an offer.

"I just recently got invited to the Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa this summer so hopefully that will be another opportunity for me to show what I'm capable of and get the attention of some coaches who haven't seen me in action yet."

Harrell said his recruiting situation is constantly changing but that a new leader has recently emerged for him among his three scholarship offers.

"Right now I think Mississippi State is probably my favorite but it's close. Mississippi State's coaches have really shown me that they want me and they are always talking about how they think I can change the program for them and that I'd have a chance to come in and play right away."

"A lot is going to depend on whether any other schools offer me but right now I would say that I will probably make a decision right before the season starts this fall."

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