The holder of around 20 FBS scholarship offers, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) star Eli Harold has become one of the most coveted juniors in the state. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech are some of the schools on the 6-4, 215-pound prospect’s impressive offer list.
“It’s getting to be just like [Tennessee rising sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter’s],” Dolphins head coach Chris Scott said of Harold’s recruitment. Hunter was an Under-Armour All-American.
“Eli is an athletic linebacker or defensive end. From LSU to UCLA to USC to Florida, there is an abundance of mail and phone calls.”
Harold started at wide receiver and defensive end this past season, and some schools initially offered as a wide receiver. LSU, which offered the same day the talented prospect was selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was one of those schools. Harold, though, prefers defense, which wasn’t a problem for the Tigers.
“He’s really concentrating on the defensive end,” Scott said. “Before he knew it, LSU said they would offer him as a defensive end/linebacker just as well. They said they love him on either side of the ball.”
Harold’s recruitment is gaining in intensity, and there is no clear timetable for when a decision will come. The Dolphins star has taken visits to North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Scott isn’t sure if Harold has been to Virginia at this point, though he says his standout is hoping to do so soon. Visits to Florida, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech may also be in the works this spring.
College coaches are jockeying for position. It has been reported elsewhere that Florida is the leader with UNC and UVa also high on the list, but Coach Scott says his prospect remains open.
“He went to a junior day at UNC and loved it. UVa and Virginia Tech are in there, obviously. He is another family member of [Virginia Tech junior receiver] Marcus Davis. He is good friends with [UVa-bound cornerback] Trey Nicholson. LSU became more appealing when they said he could play on the defensive side. I do know Florida was...
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