In today's game of college football, you have to have players who can stretch the field vertically to open up your passing game and make defenses play honest and not cheat without fear of being punished.
Without that player that can strike over the top and haul in the long ball, defenses in the Big 12 and across the country cheat and stack the box in an attempt to shut down teams' running games. Which explains why Kansas State pounced on the chance to offer speed merchant James Harrington of Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls Iowa a scholarship.
Harrington holds offers in football, basketball and has a track presence that is turning heads and getting attention.
"My best event is probably the 200 (meters)," stated Harrington. With a time of 21.16 in the 200, Harrington beat the state record and told KStateFans that this time placed him among the top 10 best times in the country. Harrington then went on to turn in a 100 meter time of 10.84, good enough to earn him his second Drake Relays title. Folks, that is just plain fast.
But that is just his track performance. Harrington also has a scholarship offer in basketball. Clearly very athletic and talented, Harrington says he is looking for a school and will take all his visits before making a decision. This brings us to his football career in college.
Having camped at Iowa and Iowa State this year, Harrington says he will not be camp anywhere else this summer and that of the schools that have shown interest, all of them are even at this time.
"Everyone is pretty much even right now. I have offers from North Dakota, South Dakota, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois and Kansas State," Harrington told KStateFans.
With a gpa of 2.5, Harrington says that he is looking for a school that offers him a good education and that he is not ‘leaning anywhere.'
Recruited almost exclusively at wide receiver, Harrington says he will wait until after summer to set up his official visits.
"I just want to make sure wherever I go is right. I just need to see everything and make sure it is right and then go from there. Right now coaches cannot offer you until after July and so I am going to just see how things go and then over summer I will set up my visits and check things out. But distance is not a factor for me. I just want to go somewhere I feel right about and can play and get a good education."
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Del Miller heads up the recruiting of James Harrington for K-State. An Iowa native himself, Coach Miller played his college football in Iowa and coached as an assistant at Iowa for 10 plus years – which should assist him in recruiting this Iowa prospect.
Asked to describe his style of play at receiver, Harrington summed it up saying:" my speed and quickness and having good hands. I use my speed and quickness to get open and just try and catch anything thrown at me."
Working this summer to get stronger and bigger, Harrington says he still has some things he wants to do in the weight room over summer to improve his chances for success at the next level.
As for Kansas State, Harrington says he would like to take an official visit sometime after summer and then make up his own mind.