Stoops and Petrino's First Head-to-Head Recruiting Battle

by:Nick Roush01/16/14

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tj-harrell deepsouthrecruiting T.J. Harrell Safety Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 210 It will be a long 11 months before Mark Stoops gets another shot at a Bobby Petrino team, but this weekend Stoops has the chance to snag one right from under the Dirty Bird's nose.  This weekend 2014 Florida safety Tj Harrell is making his rounds through the state, taking official visits to U of L and UK.  Harrell was considered a lock for Louisville until Charlie Strong left for Texas.  Strong has taken a handful or so of recruits with him to Texas, but all it has done for Harrell is open the door for others, including the National Champion Florida State Seminoles. Harrell is the big athlete that Mark Stoops loves in his secondary.  Standing at 6'0 tall, Harrell plays like he is on the prowl, playing with a physicality that is immeasurable.  Harrell did pretty much everything for his Tampa Catholic high school, using his speed and power at running back while playing centerfield as safety.  Even though he has ridiculous closing speed, what's most impressive is his ability to lineup inside and physically 'blow up' plays.  I cannot help but think of Winston Guy when I watch Harrell make plays all over the field. With less than three weeks until National Signing Day this recruiting battle will be nothing short of intense.  Harrell can choose to play for the National Champs, his cousin (UK RB Coach Chad Scott), or the stinky Dirty Bird Bobby Petrino.  Only time will tell if Mark Stoops can get another HUGE symbolic win. Watch Harrell fly around the field in his Senior highlight tape, including a couple diving INTs ( I have no idea how he got to the one at 2:48). - @RoushKSR

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