Coach Charles Kelly called Anthony Harrell around 3:00 PM Tuesday to inform him of his Georgia Tech offer and later than night Anthony called back with his decision to go with the Yellow Jackets.
Anthony spoke late Tuesday night on his decision, “I have always had Georgia Tech as a team I favored a lot since I made a visit there in the summer. I like everything about the school, the coaches, just everything.”
The Tech coaches knowing it was a late offer were hopeful that Harrell would still be open to considering Tech. “It didn’t take long for me to decide to change after talking with my Dad,” said Harrell. “I called [Coach Kelly] back and informed him that I would take the spot and commit to Georgia Tech.”
Harrell developed strong feeling toward Tech initially based off of a summer visit. They were at the top of the list ever since that visit according to Harrell. Anthony sited coaching staff, academics, and proximity of Atlanta to Tampa. The long-standing successful pipeline of Tampa Jesuit players to Georgia Tech also helped the decision, including players such as A.J. Smith, George Godsey, Will Glover, Phil Smith, Andrew Smith, and others. Anthony’s father is also the Head Coach for Jesuit.
“I know that Georgia Tech will give me the best chance to grow as a football player under Coach Johnson and the defensive staff of Coach Groh as defensive coordinator and Coach Speed as linebacker coach,” said Harrell. “Academic wise, I know Georgia Tech will be the best place for me to grow as a student and have a great opportunity to further myself with a degree. Plus the proximity of Atlanta and Tampa is something I like a lot better too. And there is a strong tradition of Tampa Jesuit sending players to Georgia Tech with Phil Smith being the most recent and now me.”
Harrell on how difficult it was to turn from Wake Forest, “It was hard to do that but it was something I felt was the best for me and something that I wanted to take advantage of since I had the chance. I called them to let them know and it was difficult talking to them about it. I had built a good relationship with the coaches there but I told them I felt I was making the best decision for me both as a football player and as student.”
Anthony will take his official visit along with his father next weekend following National Signing Day which is Wednesday. In addition to this coming visit, Tech will see even more of Harrell, “We hope to make a few practices and are definitely coming up for the spring game later this year.”
“I am very much excited about this opportunity that I have received and I will be making the very best out of it too,” said Harrell. “Georgia Tech was a school that I really wanted to go and I knew if I got that chance I would take it.”