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Mon. March 14, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

Anthony Harrell expected to leave Jesuit

Jesuit football coach James Harrell acknowledges his desire to leave Freedom for the all-male private school last year wasn't totally shared by the son who followed him there.

Now, the elder Harrell appears ready to let the younger one go his own way.

On Monday, Harrell said it's likely Tigers two-way star Anthony Harrell, who signed with Georgia Tech in February, will finish his senior year at a yet-to-be-determined public school. Jesuit is on spring break this week.

"When kids go to the Marines or the Air Force Academy because of their dad or grandpa or uncle, it's not as good an experience as a kid who wants to go there," said James Harrell, who led Jesuit to an 11-1 record and undefeated regular season in 2010.

"Anthony's done pretty much whatever I've said in terms of going to school here or going to school there. Going to Jesuit was for me, and to play football and get a quality education. ... He really wants to make a decision to go back to public school to be with his friends."

Together, the Harrells have been to three schools -- Plant, Freedom, Jesuit -- in three years. Anthony was a sophomore on the 2008 Panthers state title team, on which his dad was a co-defensive coordinator. He was accepted at Jesuit, which generally doesn't accept junior or senior transfers, after his dad was hired as Tigers coach in February 2010.

As a Tigers senior, the younger Harrell (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) collected 98 tackles and four sacks, and totaled nearly 500 yards on offense. He was a first-team linebacker on the Times' all-county and all-Suncoast teams.

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