Iowa State coaches spent the spring spread across the country evaluating running backs for assistant Louis Ayeni's self-described stable.
The result has Iowa State currently focused on a small group of running backs in the 2017 class who could develop under Ayeni’s tutelage. One of Iowa State’s top targets of late is Douglasville (Ga.) running back Daetrich Harrington.
Iowa State stopped at his school in early May, and the offer came in shortly after.
“The coach came to my school and then later that night they called me and talked to me and told me they wanted to offer me,” Harrington said. “I’ve talked to them on FaceTime for about an hour three weeks ago and I talk to them almost four times or five times a week. The running backs coach [and] DB coach.”
Harrington holds a number of offers, including ones from the likes of Iowa State, Kansas and Cincinnati. Three Power 5 schools — Minnesota, Tennessee and Georgia Tech — are showing major interest as they continue to evaluate.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Harrington, who has run a 4.61 laser-timed 40-yard dash (he has run a 4.44 hand-timed 40), has seen his relationship with the Cyclones rapidly evolve in the six weeks since the offer. That is especially the case with Ayeni.
“Basically we already talked about everything with the school, so now we just have regular conversations about what I’m doing, how life is going, how’s school and football and how he wants me to come up there on a visit and they can’t wait to see me,” Harrington said. “He said something about the way I catch the ball and get low on my cuts when I cut.”
Iowa State’s list of potential running backs remains small for the time being, and Harrington feels like one of Ayeni’s top targets.
“I feel like I’m at least top-2 if they do have another [target],” Harrington said. “They talk to me almost every day.”
With the dead period around the corner, Harrington is hoping to visit Iowa State sometime in July. He may visit Cincinnati, Miami (OH) and Appalachian State next week and is still working on potential camp plans to the three schools that are still in the evaluation stage.
“Iowa State is one of my top schools, top-3,” Harrington said. “It’s kind of tough getting over there, but I’m definitely going to try to get over there this summer with a plane ticket and stuff. I’m trying to get all of that together so I can get up there ASAP.”
Harrington, who plans to make a decision in August before his senior season, has one key factor in mind when that time comes.
“Just the university overall, because I know coaches don’t stay forever. My parents are going to help me,” Harrington said. “Then what I feel is best for me for the next four years.”