North Panola High School (Miss.) wide receiver JJ Harrell picked Tennessee over Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU, among others in February. On Saturday, as Tennessee hosted their annual Orange & White game, Harrell returned to Knoxville for the first time since pledging to the Vols. He discussed the trip with Volquest.
“First off, everyone is genuine people there,” Harrell said of his overall thoughts on attending Tennessee’s spring game. “You feel the love from the fans and people around Tennessee, and it makes you love the program even more. Secondly, Nico looked great today. I am excited he is going to be my first QB. He made some great plays. I saw that we have potential, and we can win a natty. We just have to keep stacking and keep the main thing the main thing. I enjoyed the visit. The fans and kids were showing continuous love. This is my home now, so I have to get used to it.”
So, what did the visit do for Harrell, who was already feeling strong about his initial decision to pick Tennessee?
“Basically, today, solidified even more that I am made the right decision,” Harrell told Volquest. “Just seeing everything the way I expected it to be before I committed, and it being all of that just solidified that even further. It was the same way, but it was even more love. A lot of people know me down here. It made my decision even more better after coming back down here now. The players, the coaches, and everyone down here loves me. Everyone down here is just so genuine. God led me to this decision, and he makes no mistakes.”
Since his commitment in late February, Harrell has only continued to see his relationship grow with Tennessee wide receivers coach Kelsey Pope
“I can say we have a father and son relationship,” Harrell said of Pope. “He cares about me on the field and off the field. He will get on me about my mistakes in everyday life as much as he will get on me about my mistakes on the field. That means a lot to me that he cares about me as not only a player but as a person. He makes sure that I am becoming a better person than I am the day before.”
While other schools will continue to try, Harrell, who has set an official visit date for June 23rd-25th with the Vols, has no intentions of seeing any other progam
“No more visits, I am locked in,” the four-star wideout said.
Harrell is actively working as a peer recruiter, and he says one of the key prospects he is focused on helping Tennessee land is Boo Carter.
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