Harrell played at Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas, where he was coached by his father, Sam Harrell. He started at quarterback for three seasons and led the Fighting Lions to a state Class 4A title as a sophomore. He also played in the 2004 Oil Bowl, receiving the offensive MVP award.
By the time he graduated, Harrell set Texas high school records in the following categories:
Single-season passing yards (4,825 in 2003 over 15 games; the next two quarterbacks on the list set their records over 16-game seasons). This record stood until 2007 when Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert broke it by two yards.
Career passing yards (12,532 from 2000–2003; Gilbert broke this record in 2008 by compiling 12,534 yards).
Single-season touchdown passes (67 in 2003)
Career touchdown passes (167 from 2000–2003)
Single-season pass completions (334 in 2003; also broken by Gilbert, who recorded 359 completions in 2007).
In addition, Harrell ranks second in career pass completions (805 from... Read More