Harrell goes with Louisville

Louisville scored an important recruit on Monday, as Montrezl Harrell, a four-star prospect out of Chatham (Va.) Hargrave, gave Louisville a verbal commitment.

Since opting out of his Letter of Intent in late April, Louisville was considered the favorite for Montrezl Harrell.

After an official visit this weekend, Louisville took their status from favorite to commitment, as the 6-foot-7 power forward gave Louisville a pledge late Sunday night once he returned home from his visit.

"Montrezl is going to be a Louisville Cardinal," Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton told Scout.com.

Harrell, who originally signed with Virginia Tech, also strongly considered Florida, Alabama and Cincinnati the second time around, but Louisville was the only school that received a visit.

Current Louisville assistant coach Kevin Keatts helped recruit Harrell to Hargrave before taking the job at Louisville. That relationship was a major factor in his recruitment.

"He's going to play for a Hall of Fame coach and have a chance to win a national championship and at the same time be with coach Keatts, who he has a great relationship with," Hamilton added.

After a strong senior season at Hargrave, where he averaged just over 25 points and nearly 14 rebounds, Harrell finished No. 72 overall in the 2012 rankings. He's regarded as the 14th best power forward in the class.

"He came in here extremely motivated," Hamilton said of his senior season. "He has a unbelievable passion for the game. He continued to get better and better throughout the year. He had a spectacular season."

Harrell is Louisville's second verbal pledge in the 2012 recruiting class. He joins top 100 recruit Terry Rozier, of Shaker Heights (Ohio) High.

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