• Johnathan Williams

Kenyatta Harrell rides love of football to 2019 Elite 10

Kenyatta Harrell eludes Terry High School Bulldog defenders in an MHSAA football game. (Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA)

After rushing for 1,532 yards, 19 touchdowns and averaging an extravagant 139 yards per game, Pearl’s upcoming senior running back, Kenyatta Harrell, stamped his name onto this year’s E10 list Monday.

The Elite 10 is put forth by the staff of SES Mississippi each offseason, spanning a 10-week period from early June to the first Monday of MHSAA fall practice. A new member is announced at 10 a.m. each Monday morning.

Kenyatta Harrell describes himself in three words: physical, quick, and a speedster.

“[I am] physical because I am not afraid to lower my shoulder and give you the business, quick because I can beat you in the hole or juke you in the secondary, and a speedster because once I hit the sideline it’ll be hard to catch me.” Harrell said.

Harrell was basically born with a football in his hands. He started playing football when was five years old for Pop Warner Youth Football and has been running with it ever since. In fact, it seems that football runs in his family.

“My cousin, Josh Robinson, actually inspired me to play.” Harrell said. “I remember him winning the 4A State Championship in Louisiana, going on to play at Mississippi State, breaking records and watching him play for the [Indianapolis] Colts in the NFL. I knew I wanted to be just like him.”

Harrell was honored to find out that he was selected to be featured on this years E10, but he isn’t finished quite yet.

“It means a lot because I feel like I have been underrated my whole life.” Harrell said. “To get some recognition feels amazing, but it doesn’t stop here. I am going to keep working till the whole nation knows my name.”

Harrell currently holds offers from Northwest Mississippi, Pearl River, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hinds Community College.

For his senior season, Harrell has given himself big expectations. He wants to rush for at least 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, and after having a successful junior year and a good support system, there is no doubt that he can not accomplish this feat.

“My family, team and community are the people that keep me going,” Harrell said. “I want to put them before me.”

Harrell joined Madison Central’s Jimmy Holiday, Greenville St. Joseph’s Dillon Johnson, George County’s McKinnley Jackson, Oxford’s J.J Pegues, Brandon’s Will Rogers, South Panola’s Janari Dean, Horn Lake’s Josaih Hayes and Philadelphia's Lideatrick Griffin in this year’s E10 class.

Follow Johnathan on Twitter at @JWillSES.

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