T.J. Harrell visited Michigan State last fall and had been high on the Spartans for quite some time. He visited Georgia and Louisville in January, but at the end of the day, he knew MSU was the best fit for him.
“It was a real hard decision, considering that Georgia came back into the picture. Mainly, it’s because I felt that with the family connections, the coaching staff that they have, the good year that they had, I really felt like Michigan State would be a really good fit for me,” he said.
The Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic athlete was recruited on both sides of the ball throughout his recruitment. He’s extremely versatile and spent plenty of time at safety, linebacker, and running back throughout his high school career. He’s fine playing any position at Michigan State.
“I know it’ll either be outside backer or running back. I think they’ll probably start me out on defense because of personal changes and people leaving,” Harrell said.
What does Harrell think of the Spartans defense? One word describes it:
“Doggish. Doggish man,” he said.
”I was talking to (defensive coordinator) coach (Pat) Narduzzi about what they do and he went over a couple of things with me. The football IQ with these coaches is just remarkable and outstanding. It’s crazy how they trick the offenses and how they disguise the defenses – I love it.”
On the field, Harrell is a playmaker. Off the field, he’ll certainly make you laugh.
“They are getting a versatile player, but most importantly, they’re getting a good guy. I’m going to get along with everybody. I don’t get in trouble,” he said.
“They are definitely going to get a character.”