Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep defensive end Jaylen Harrell committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others.
Harrell is listed at 6’4″, 235 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 83 grade, #4 ILB, #172 overall
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #33 OLB
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #20 WDE, #468 overall
Hit the jump for more on Harrell’s commitment.
Michigan offered Harrell in January of 2018. Michigan did not appear to be a big factor for much of his recruitment until recent months. He took an unofficial to Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game, and that was followed immediately by an official visit last weekend.
Harrell is a true weakside end, something Michigan has not recruited much of over the past couple years, despite the success of Chase Winovich and Josh Uche. His coaches move him around to various spots on the defense, including inside linebacker – and ESPN was silly enough to rank him there – but weakside end is where he projects. Harrell has good straight-line quickness, a plus get-off, and the ability to dip and rip coming around the corner.
Harrell lacks the elite change-of-direction skills that some guys have, so he’s not quite the same open-space terror. However, he has good length and power. Coming from the jack-of-all-trades position he plays in high school, he will have to work on his technique and recognition coming from a three-point stance more consistently.
Overall, Harrell is a good prospect in the mold of a Tim Jamison. Jamison made 18 sacks playing for the Wolverines from 2005-2008 and played a little bit in the NFL with the Texans. He had a good college career, but fans never really saw him reach his potential. Hopefully Michigan’s defensive staff helps Harrell get closer to his ceiling.
Michigan now has 23 commits in the class (if you’re looking at 247, I don’t count QB J.D. Johnson and RB Gaige Garcia). The other ends in the class (Braiden McGregor, Aaron Lewis, Kris Jenkins, Jr.) appear to be headed for strongside end or 3-tech, and returning backup Luiji Vilain was not particularly impressive in limited time this year. There may be immediate playing time available for Harrell when he arrives on campus.
After getting four commitments from Floridians in the 2019 class, Harrell is the first in 2020. He also represents the first player to pick Michigan from Berkeley Prep.
TTB Rating: 84
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