As a result of their departures, Virginia Tech won't have the centerpieces of either of its last two recruiting classes next year, a damaging blow for a Hokies team hoping to bounce back quickly from a difficult 15-16 season. Athletic director Jim Weaver hired former Greenberg assistant James Johnson in hopes his familiarity with the roster would help stave off defections, but that strategy has proven ineffective so far.
With Victor Davila having graduated and Finney-Smith transferring, Harrell had an opportunity to make an instant impact at Virginia Tech.
Instead Virginia Tech appears headed for another rebuilding season and Harrell suddenly becomes one of the most coveted recruits in the nation.
Kentucky, NC State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Providence were among the schools reportedly interested in Harrell even before he'd decided for sure that he was leaving Virginia Tech.