Rising Star Harrell Picks Virginia

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K.T. Harrell ‘s Recruiting Card

It hasn’t taken too long for the Virginia men’s basketball program to get rolling on the recruiting trail. New head coach Tony Bennett and crew reeled in 2010 class commitment number three last night, when 6-4, 205-pound guard K.T. Harrell pledged to the Hoos over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State.

“I feel real good about my decision,” said K.T. (Keylon Tobias) Harrell, who attends Brewbaker Technology Magnet in Montgomery, Alabama. “I feel real good about Virginia. I can’t help but smile.”

Harrell committed without having seen the University of Virginia before, but that’ll change soon as he and his family plan to visit Charlottesville as early as next weekend. Harrell was excited to hear about UVa as a school and to hear about the basketball facilities, but the biggest factor in his decision was Tony Bennett.

“When I talked to him over the phone for the first time, I could tell he was a great guy,” said Harrell. “He is a Christian guy. He is more than just about basketball, which is definitely an important thing.”

Harrell’s father, Rodney, actually initiated the contact with the Virginia staff.

“He has always loved the ACC,” Rodney Harrell said. “I called Coach Bennett. Right away, we clicked. We talked about faith, raising our kids and things like that. He was trained and coached by his dad and I’ve done the same with K.T. He played ball with Larry Johnson in the NBA and I played with Larry Johnson at Odessa. When K.T. talked to Coach Bennett, he fell in love right away. He knew he hadn’t been on many visits but he felt Coach Bennett was the guy he wanted to play for. I told him to hold off a little but, but he still felt the same after a few weeks. He prayed about it and decided to commit.”

There were two criteria in particular Harrell’s parents stressed in their son’s decision making process.

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>“Relationship and academics were the two biggest things,” said Rodney, who was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. They are looking to move back to Virginia when K.T. goes to school. “I know my son can play in a lot of systems. The biggest thing was finding