Ennis, Texas, quarterback Graham Harrell has become the forgotten man in the national recruiting scene. With names like Bomar, Morelli, Henne, Lee and others floating around, it’s easy to forget that Harrell is also one of the nation’s elite players, he has the offers to prove it and also a top three to boot.
“My top three is Georgia, N.C. State and (Texas) Tech,” Harrell, who is 6-foot-2, 183-pounds, said. “I’ve been to all three places this summer and feel really good about the situation at each school.”
What stands out at Georgia?
“You can’t help but be impressed by the way that coach Richt has developed quarterbacks over the years,” Harrell said. “I know that if I went to Georgia, I would be coached by one of the best head coaches in the business and that he’s a quarterbacks’ coach.”
“Just look at what Phillip Rivers has done over there,” Harrell said. “The way he’s played and developed really says it all. I also like the coaches and they have done a great job at upgrading their facilities.”
"Coach Leach is a great coach to talk to and work with," he said. "I've been high on the way they run their offense for quite some time. I also think there would be a very good opportunity to come in and compete for a starting spot early at Tech."
It alos doesn't hurt that Tech has a commitment from his teammate - receiver Anthony Jenkins.
Purdue is also a factor, but not in his top three at the moment.
“I really like the offense they run,” he said. “They really like to spread it out, and I remember watching Drew Brees and how he would spread it out and throw it all over the place. That’s what we do here at Ennis. We run the spread and just throw it around, and that would be a good fit for me, too.”
Harrell said he doesn’t really have a time-table for a final decision, but with a solid three already in place, don’t be surprised if that decision isn’t too far down the road.
Harrell earned all-district and all-state honors as both a junior and a sophomore. He was also named his district's most-valuable player as a junior. He threw for 3,411 yards and 46 touchdowns as a junior.