This past weekend, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit linebacker Anthony Harrell took his second official visit, tripping to Vanderbilt. While he saw a tough loss for the Commodores, who lost 55-14 to Florida, he said the visit was extremely enjoyable and he came away impressed by everything the school and program has to offer.
"It was really, really nice," Harrell said. "They care a lot about academics and so do I. That is pretty good and I like that a lot. I could play early and I could do that there. My dream is to play in the SEC. Those are three big things that I liked a lot about it."
While on the visit, Harrell was hosted by fellow Tampa linebacker, redshirt sophomore Archibald Barnes.
"He said it is great there," Harrell said. "He said it is great in academics. I go to Jesuit which is a school serious about academics so it is like that. He went to Berkeley (Prep), so that is a similar school. He said it is the same thing at Vanderbilt. He said it is a good transition, not to hard of a transition."
In addition to his talk with Barnes, he also spent a good deal of time with the coaching staff.
"I talked to all of the coaches," Harrell said. "Coach (Bruce) Fowler, Coach (Jimmy) Kiser, and Coach (Robbie) Caldwell a lot. They just kept telling me that they really need me there."
Vanderbilt joined West Virginia as a campus that Harrell has officially visited. The next scheduled visit for the three-star linebacker is tentatively set for Wake Forest on the weekend of November 19th. Those plans are somewhat in flux, but he still intends to make it to Winston-Salem, N.C.
"Most likely if I do go it will be with (Armwood quarterback) Joshua Grady, because I know Josh is probably going there for an official," Harrell said. "I am trying to work that out with him to go up there. That is still in the process of talking with him and seeing what he is doing."
In addition to Wake Forest, there are are two other schools that are also in the running for possible visits before Harrell gets down to making his final decision.
"There are two schools that say they are close to offering, Georgia Tech and Miami," Harrell said. "I probably wouldn't take an official to Miami, I could just go down there on an unofficial. If Georgia Tech offers me, I will probably look at them because I like schools with good academics so I am set after football."
With two visits under his belt, Harrell said he is still taking things slowly and didn't want to name a leader. He said that he will commit when he knows without a doubt which school is right for him.
"I am still going on my visits to see which one will fit me best," Harrell said. "I will evaluate them all out and sit down with my family and see what is best for me."
Harrell contributes on both sides of the ball at Jesuit and has racked up six offensive touchdowns on the ground this season.