Speedy three-star 2014 safety T.J. Harrell added another Big Ten offer to his list yesterday, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers extended their fifth offer at the safety position in this class. Harrell is already regarded as Minnesota’s top target at the position, but they will have a tough road ahead of him. A fellow Big Ten school in the Michigan State Spartans is a program that Harrell seems very high on early, and he has already scheduled an official visit to Michigan State in November. An in-state power in the Florida State Seminoles is regarded as the most likely team to land Harrell, and he visited Florida State twice last month. The in-city USF Bulls and the Louisville Cardinals and West Virginia Mountaineers are three other major programs that Harrell has interest in as well. Texas Tech is another team to watch for in his recruitment.
Harrell, regarded as one of the top 30 safeties in the 2014 class, also has offers from the Tennessee Volunteers, Arizona Wildcats, Florida Gators, Boston College Eagles, Purdue Boilermakers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Bearcats, Indiana Hoosiers, Duke Blue Devils, UCLA Bruins, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, UCF Knights, and Vanderbilt Commodores. As you can see, Harrell has plenty of interest both in the state of Florida and from major programs all across the country.
The question is whether or not Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers can beat out some of those programs for Harrell. The teams at the top- most namely Michigan State and Florida State- are powerful programs, and Michigan State has both Harlon Barnett and Brad Salem actively recruiting Harrell. In fact, Barnett is scheduled to visit with Harrell tomorrow.
The three-star, Tampa Catholic safety is one of the top 50 recruits in the state of Florida, and that is certainly a high honor. Harrell is ranked by the 247Composite as the 356th-best recruit in the nation, and the 6’0″, 197 pound safety has absolutely incredible speed and imposing size to go with it. Harrell has the ability to be one of the best playmaking safeties at the collegiate level, and there is a reason why he has so many offers- plenty of teams see the Tampa recruit’s upside.