UConn contacts ex-Virginia Tech commit Harrell

In search of one more big man to fill out its 2012 recruiting class, UConn has contacted the camp of former Virginia Tech commit Montrezl Harrell, a source told Hearst Connecticut Thursday night.

Harrell, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Tarboro, N.C., was released from his letter of intent on Wednesday. He requested the release after Virginia Tech fired coach Seth Greenberg earlier this month.

Though Harrell would likely be guaranteed solid playing time at UConn, the Huskies aren’t the only high-caliber program making a push for his services. Various reports indicate that Kentucky, N.C. State, Louisville, Florida, Alabama and Cincinnati are “on Harrell’s list.”

Rated as a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 20 power forward by Rivals.com, Harrell is a physically-mature, explosive athlete who can finish at the rim and rebound on both ends. According to an ESPN.com scouting report, he has  “perimeter ability that extends past the mid-range.”

Harrell is one of five uncommitted ESPN100 prospects. One other — Long Island power forward Chris Obekpa — is also considering UConn.