Future Hawkeye?

Iowa is making a name for itself in D.C. with RB Marcus Coker coming off an Insight Bowl MVP. Class of 2011 Cornerback Sherrard Harrington will be officially visiting the Hawkeyes soon and favors the Big Ten school. He also has the ear of No. 1 OT Cyrus Kouandjio.

Sherrard Harrington says he's hearing a lot from long-time friend Cyrus Kouandjio, the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2011. The latter is very interested in the former's college choice.

"Cyrus writes me a lot asking me what I think of Iowa," Harrington said. "From my knowledge, he's very interested in Iowa and so am I. I'm not sure he'll base his decision on what I do, but we've talked about it."

Harrington said he and Kouandjio have become close friends since they began training together as high school freshmen. Iowa has offered both players. Harrington has scheduled his official visit for January 14th, while Kouandjio has a trip set for Jan. 21.

"I like Iowa and Colorado, but Iowa is definitely the favorite right now," said Harrington, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback from Washington, D.C. "There are a lot of guys from this area already there and a lot of guys looking at them. I know Nico Law pretty well."

Law, a safety, verbally committed to Iowa in November following an official visit to the school. Running back Marcus Coker, who won Insight Bowl MVP honors for Iowa last month, attended DeMatha Catholic, the same school for whom Kouandjio and Darian Cooper, another Hawkeye target, play.

Harrington also has secured offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Marshall and Duke. New Colorado Coach Jon Embree has been recruiting him to be a Buffalo. He's invited the defensive back to Boulder for an official but has not offered a scholarship.

"They're waiting on my transcript," Harrington said.

That shouldn't be an issue for Harrington, who carries a 3.7 core GPA and is a member of the national honor society. He is already a high school graduate and plans to enroll in college this month.

"That's why I'd like to get these officials in so I can commit and get signed up for classes at a college," Harrington said.

The cornerback said his recruitment could very well end with his trip to Iowa City.

"It's definitely possible," Harrington said. "I definitely want to talk it over with my parents. We've already started to get a lot of background on Iowa and Colorado. They're great schools and academics are a big part of this decision."

Harrington plans on majoring in the business field in college.

"I'm not sure exactly what area, but I've been kind of an entrepreneur for awhile," Harrington said. "I definitely want business to be the focal point of my career."

Harrington describes himself as a coach on the field.

"I think I'm a natural-born leader," he said. "I make plays no matter where you put me, safety, corner, nickel, dime. I study every position so I know where everybody needs to be."

Harrington said he needs to become more proficient with his tackling.

"The little hits that knock guys down in high school won't work in the Big Ten or Big 12," he said. "I need to be better at wrapping up."

Like most players heading to major college football, Harrington dreams of playing at the highest level some day.

"The NFL respects what the Iowa coaches do," he said. "(NFL people) know the Iowa coaches prepare their players for the (league). It's a great place to go if you want to play in the NFL."


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