Evan Harrington, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound product of the Washington D.C. area, who has played football the past two seasons at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., said he committed to CU over the weekend when coaches offered him a scholarship.
Harrington said CU coaches made no promises to him other than a chance to compete for a starting job in 2010 and a solid education. He said that's all he needed.
"I'm just going to work hard and keep on this mission I've been on to play Division I football," Harrington said.
Harrington said he and his father made the trip and both were impressed with the campus, the Boulder community and the football program. He said Boulder's beauty was striking and the cold wasn't any different from the winters of his youth on the East Coast.
"Cold weather won't be a problem for me," he said.
Just like fellow recruit Joe Hemschoot, who visited Boulder as well over the weekend, Harrington said his favorite part of the trip was all the food he ate. CU wide receiver Kendrick Celestine served as his player host. Harrington said he felt at home in Boulder and that made all the difference for him>
"I chose to come to Colorado because it's an up-and-coming program and the coaching staff is amazing," Harrington said. "Their No. 1 priority is for us to graduate and they want to win."
Harrington said CU coaches started recruiting him in December and he developed a good relationship with them quickly. He said he also was being recruited by UTEP, Nevada, Utah State and Iowa State before selecting the Buffs.
Harrington said he primary recruiting contact with the program is coach Brian Cabral, his future position coach. He said Cabral visited him at his school in December and CU defensive coordinator Ron Collins also paid him a visit.
"Everybody was just honest and they're ready for the big move we're going to make in the Big 12 this year," he said.
Harrington said CU coaches have recruited him to play middle linebacker, but he also has experience playing the outside spot. He spent part of the 2009 season playing outside linebacker.He led College of the Canyons in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and almost every other defensive statistical category. He said he knows the stats he didn't lead the team in were interceptions and pass breakups.
Harrington was not a qualifier out of high school, forcing him to go through two years of junior college. He said he was recruited by Pittsburgh, Temple, James Madison, Kent State and several small schools during high school.
Harrington said he will earn his Associate's degree at the end of this semester, but he has to take three additional classes to meet the entrance requirements in Boulder.He said he doesn't mind the extra work because the opportunity to play in the Big 12 Conference and earn a degree from CU will be well worth all his efforts. He plans to be in Boulder in May
"I'm willing to do that," he said. "A degree from Colorado will be great in my future."
Harrington said he plans to study criminal justice at CU so he "can help people and make an impact in society." His father works for the Justice Department and his mother is transit system worker.
Harrington said his aunt and two cousins played Division I women's basketball at three different schools. His aunt was part of a national championship team at Old Dominion.
Before our telephone interview ended with Harrington, he made it a point to recognize his coaches at College of the Canyons for helping him succeed and make it to the next level of college ball. He wanted to publicly thank strength and conditioning coach Robert dos Remedios and head football coach Garett Tujague.