Austin Harrington, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver from Minnetonka, is currently sitting on a Ball State scholarship offer and is expecting more to come. Harrington has been impressing at camps this summer, and while he is patiently waiting on the offers he is taking a wait-and-see approach as his senior season unfolds.
Harrington has made the rounds to various Midwestern camps this summer and has been impressing the crowds with his skills. He has visited the NLA/Badgersport Midwest camp, the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit and the Michigan Showcase, but more recently he has been camping closer to home.
"I just went up to NDSU last week and they really liked me and I think I'm going to get an offer from them pretty soon, but they need to have a staff meeting first." Harrington said. "They told me I was the best receiver there, so I am pretty excited about that."
Harrington has also recently been talking to Colorado State: "[They] told me to give them a call after July 4th, after I come back from break," he said.
Minnesota has also been showing interest in the receiver from the western suburbs.
"I've talked to coach Watson, the receivers coach, and coach Sternquist. I was down there for a one-day camp, and I played pretty well, so we'll see what comes out of that," he said. "Coach Watson said I played well and to keep in contact with him."
While his sole offer is from Ball State, Harrington is very interested in his home-state school.
"I want Minnesota (to offer) too. I have always been interested in them," he said.
However, the Mountain West conference is Harrington's preferred destination.
"Right now I kind of want to play in the Mountain West. I kind of want to get away from here," he said. "You know, I really like Utah, but they have three receiver commits. I just talked to the receiver coach and he said that it's not going to work, (as) they are all filled up with their recruits."
So Harrington is going to keep his options open on his final destination.
"Utah was where I wanted to go, but now I am keeping an open mind. I think the Mountain West is where I want to be, but I have always wanted to stay at home. So I guess I am going to have to wait it out and see where the offers come in from," he said.
Harrington admits that he is not the fastest receiver, but he also believes that his precise route-running abilities and sure hands more than make up for the less than blazing speed.
"I believe my strengths are my hands and my routes. My routes are probably number one, that's what separates me, because I'm not that fast of a receiver--especially for the Division I level. I run about a 4.7. So my routes make me as fast as the other players, because I can get in and out of my cuts. So my routes and my hands are definitely what I think my strengths are," he said, adding that most coaches are looking at him as a slot receiver.
Harrington is planning on working on his academics in his senior year to boost his GPA.
"I have a 26 on my ACT, but my cumulative GPA is not very good – it's at about a 2.4-2.5. You know, I haven't put much effort into it, so I'm going to mainly focus on that in my first semester of the new year," he said.
Harrington and his Minnetonka teammates have high hopes for next season. They feel that they have the talent to challenge for a state title.
"We got the most talent. Our coach says every day that we got the most talent we've ever had. So we expect nothing less than a state championship out of our team this year," the Skipper receiver said.
WR Harrington Waiting Out His Options
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