Harrington talks Louisville commitment

Charlie Strong landed Louisville's fifth 2011 commitment from Florida offensive lineman Mike Romano last Thursday. Sunday, Strong returned to Louisville for the Cardinals latest commitment. Fern Creek safety Jalen Harrington spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his decision.

Three days after landing Louisville's first out of state 2011 commitment, Charlie Strong went local for the Cardinals latest commitment.

Jalen Harrington, a promising linebacker/safety from Louisville Fern Creek, verbally committed to the Cardinals during an unofficial visit to the UofL campus on Sunday afternoon. He's the third prospect from Fern Creek to commit to Louisville, joining running back Jerrell Moore and lineman Jamon Brown.

"One of the main reasons [I committed] was because of the coaching staff," said Harrington. "They are nice coaches that I like to be around and I feel like they can teach me what I need to learn to get to the next level. I think within the next two or three years Louisville will be back on the rise because Charlie Strong is going to get the job done."

Jalen Harrington is the third prospect from Fern Creek to pledge to Louisville.
Harrington was accompanied on his visit to UofL by his father, James. James Harrington sounded excited about the direction Louisville is headed under Charlie Strong.

"We think Louisville's program is going in the right direction and it's going to be a good program again soon," James Harrington said. "They have a good head coach and a lot of good assistant coaches too. We went down today and met a few of the assistant coaches we didn't meet before. We watched a little basketball and did some talking and Jalen committed."

Harrington played both ways for the Tigers as a junior. He recorded 35 tackles and made three interceptions on defense and rushed for 500 yards and a touchdown offensively in six games before a hand injury that required corrective surgery ended his season.

Harrington, 6'3, 220-pounds, possesses solid speed and projects as a safety/outside linebacker in college. He also received heavy interest from Kentucky, Indiana and Western Kentucky before choosing the Cardinals.

"The defensive coordinator [Vance Bedford] would like me to play safety but there is no set position for me to play," Harrington said. "If not free safety, I would probably be an outside linebacker."

Harrington's father thinks he'll be a defensive back in college.

"I think he's going to play safety," Harrington said. "He has a high football IQ. He's a good safety, he just needs some skill coaching. He's a good athlete, he just needs more coaching. Coach Bedford told him that he would get plenty of coaching at Louisville. I think he's a good coach."

Harrington said his son will attend Louisville's junior day this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to meeting some of the players, getting to know the coaches better and seeing the environment I'm going to be around," Harrington said.

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