January 8, 2009

Harrison ready for Columbia

First it was Joshua Tatum. Then came teammate Jarrell Harrison. The defensive tandem visited Mizzou together, and both decided that Columbia was where they could make an impact. For Harrison, everything about Missouri felt right.

"It felt real good (to sign) because the whole process is different schools trying to figure out what is the best fit for you," Harrison said. "I finally felt like Missouri was the best place for me, and it felt real good signing and going along with my decision. I can't wait to get up to Columbia."

With the departure of star-safety William Moore and Justin Garrett, the Tigers have spots to fill in the secondary, and Harrison believes that he can make an instant impact.

"I think I can make an impact," he said. "I have the utmost confidence in my athletic ability. I feel like I can play with the best in the country no matter what conference. It does not matter. I feel like I can make a big impact, and that's why I chose Missouri because they are on a big stage, and I can showcase my talents against the best players in the country."

Harrison will be making his way to Columbia for the start of the semester on January 18th, and he said he is looking forward to playing spring ball with new teammates such as Sean Weatherspoon. Count Harrison among the other Tigers happy to see the junior stay.

"That means a lot to have someone (Weatherspoon) you can come in and look up to who has been there and been in the system," the safety said. "We can come in, and he can show us the way and show us how to do things in Columbia, so we do not get off track. We can also help him make plays and get to the Big 12 Championship and win it and beat those Big 12 South teams."

According to Harrison, the Tigers were always at the top of his list because of their commitment to him even after he had missed an entire season with an injury. During that time, Harrison was able to form a bond with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

"Coach E came out way early, like four months before the season even started telling me that they were graduating two seniors at safety and before we even padded up he started recruiting me," Harrison said. "Me and coach E started a relationship before the season even started and all the way through the recruiting process. I am really confident with coach Eberflus, and that's part of the reason I went to Missouri."

After coming down for the Oklahoma State game with Tatum, Harrison said he fell in love with Columbia, and it is something that he talks about with Tatum all the time.

"Me and Josh (Tatum) are good friends and call each other every day about coming to Missouri," he said. "He is always calling me, or I am calling him. Josh and I made a lot of plays for City College (of San Francisco) and were looking to bring that to Columbia. The chemistry we have on the field, you can't really look at too many other junior colleges and see the chemistry we have."

Along with Tatum, Harrison is looking to bring recognition to the Tigers defense. When it's all over, the safety hopes that people recognize how hard he will work for the Tigers.

"I want people to say that I am a hard worker, and he plays hard every down of the game, and he is going to give you 100 percent because that is what I am going to give you," Harrison said. "The thing that you can really control is effort, and my effort when I step in and put on the black and gold. I am going to bleed black and gold. I am going to play hard, and that is what you are going to get out of me. I want people to say that he was a warrior on that field, and he played hard on every down."

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