This past weekend, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes defensive end Eli Harold and several fellow recruits from the 757 area code traveled to Pittsburgh to take part in the BadgerSport Elite 7-on-7 regional tournament. While there, the Army All-American discussed recent happenings on the recruiting trail.
Harold also traveled with his 7-on-7 team to a tournament at Rutgers, but he has made specific recruiting visits to a couple schools in recent months and has other trips planned.
"I visited North Carolina and Tennessee so far and I go to Florida on the 30th," Harold said. "I'll probably go to UVA next, but other than that I don't know. "The most showing me love are Florida, UVA and UNC."
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The visit to North Carolina was the most recent one Harold has taken. His time in Chapel Hill was spent discussing how the Tar Heel coaching staff would utilize his skill set.
"They are basically saying that they like me a lot and that I am athletic. I play defensive end, but at camp they want to try me out at linebacker. Defensive end/linebacker, that's what Florida and North Carolina say they like me as. I've been getting a lot of work in at linebacker, trying to get my hips better."
The trip to Tennessee took place in late January. He had visited Knoxville earlier in his high school career, before the Vols had offered a scholarship, but had a chance to spend time with head coach Derek Dooley and his staff on the most recent visit.
"I like Coach Dooley a lot and he impressed me," Harold said. "I went to their camp going into my sophomore year. Lane Kiffin was there then, but I really like it there and it's a nice city."
Harold excitedly anticipates his trip to Florida later this month. He has listed the Gators as his leader in the past, and said they are "super high," on his list at this time.
"I grew up loving them," Harold said. "My mom and I used to talk about them. Before she passed we always used to talk about me going there and I really like them."
Harold played both wide receiver and linebacker during the 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend, and was among the top overall performers at the event though his team was upset early in bracket play on Sunday morning.