Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit linebacker Anthony Harrell took an official visit to Wake Forest during the first weekend of December. The talented defensive prospect came away impressed with what he saw from the Demon Deacons.
"It was a nice, small school but it is really a big town so it really fits well," Harrell said. "They have good academics."
During the visit, Harrell learned a lot about where he would fit into the defensive scheme that Jim Grobe and company run.
"I liked their defensive scheme, the 3-4, that is what I play in high school so it would be an easy transition," Harrell said. "I liked (Linebackers) Coach (Steve) Russ. He played in the NFL and he has a good background. I liked him a lot."
In recent weeks, a number of schools have made their way to Jesuit to check up on him. Amongst the staffs he recalls seeing was Wake Forest, West Virginia, NC State, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Iowa State, and Purdue. West Virginia and Wake Forest have made in-home visits with him and his family, and he expects Wake Forest to return again on Thursday. He said that both staffs have made a positive impression upon him and his family.
"Both schools are really impressive," Harrell said. "They both like me a lot and I like them too."
Wake Forest marked his third official visit, as Harrell previously tripped to West Virginia and Vanderbilt. With a few visits under his belt, his list is starting to take form.
"It would be Wake Forest, West Virginia, NC State, Vanderbilt - I am still looking at them and trying to see if they have gotten a head coach because they don't have one right now," Harrell said. "If I get offered by Georgia Tech that would be great. Same with Tennessee, I talked to them the other day. If they offered, they would be towards the top. The same with South Carolina. I am talking to those three a lot, but they haven't offered."
Two schools are sitting at the top of his list heading into mid-December.
"Wake Forest and West Virginia," Harrell said. "I would say it is a tie for those two right now."
At this time he has no other plans to take visits. If another school extends an offer, the possibility exists of him taking a visit there before making a decision. Speaking of a decision, Harrell has hopes of getting it out of the way by the end of December.
"I think I might decide in about two weeks," Harrell said. "I just want to get it over so I can get ready for college and know where I am going."
This spring Harrell said he will likely participate in track, throwing the shotput.