One week after making an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech, 4-star junior forward Montrezl Harrell has verbally committed to the Hokies. The 6-7, 230-pound North Edgecombe (Tarboro, N.C.) standout is head coach Seth Greenberg’s first commitment of the 2012 class.
“I committed earlier tonight,” said Harrell, who pledged to the Hokies over offers from Clemson, Miami, South Carolina and Wake Forest, among others.
Harrell and his mother were in attendance for Virginia Tech’s win over Duke on February 26. It was a full day visit that also included a tour of the campus, talking to coaches including Greenberg and primary recruiter John Richardson, and learning more about Tech’s academics. Harrell left impressed with the atmosphere, the coaches, the role he’s being recruited to play and the academics (he wants to major in Sports Medicine).
More than anything, though, Harrell simply felt better about Virginia Tech than any other school.
“The other schools I went to were good, but Virginia Tech was a home,” said Harrell, who waited to speak with his father this week before making a commitment.
Playing in the ACC “will be amazing,” Harrell said. “For me, just to have the chance to play ACC ball is great.”
Rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com, Harrell averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and almost seven blocks per game this past season, helping North Edgecombe to a 21-3 overall record and a conference championship. In discussions with the Tech coaches, he has learned that he’ll likely play a role similar to Jeff Allen’s.
“[The Virginia Tech coaches] said this is great for them,” Harrell said. “They love that I chose Virginia Tech.”
Including Harrell, 11 players are projected to be on scholarship in the 2012/2013 season, and if this number holds true Tech would have two scholarships left to give in the 2012 class. The North Carolina native plans to make it official and sign a letter of intent in the November Early Signing Period.
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