RECRUITING: Houston DE favors OU

Houston, Texas defensive end Chris Harrington talks about his top five and interest in Oklahoma

CHRIS HARRINGTON, DE, 6'5, 240, 4.59, HOUSTON ST. PIUS X, TEXAS:

Talk about an athlete, as more and more college recruiters watch Harrington play the more they feel like he is a big time player. Harrington is into his third year as a starter at St. Pius X and the has been outstanding since the start of his sophomore year.

As a sophomore Harrington played defensive end at about 200 pounds. Then last year Harrington grew to 225 and finished the year with 88 tackles, 13 sacks, three caused fumbles and one interception.

This year at 240 pounds, Harrington is doubling as a defensive end and a tight end, and thus far he has three sacks, 13 tackles, three quarterback hurries and he has deflected one pass on a two-point conversion. Harrington can bench 350 pounds, squats 550 and he has tested at a 33-inch vertical jump.

Harrington this summer worked on his game at the Nike camp at Texas A&M and at the Aggies regular football camp. Plus he attended camps at LSU and Texas. Harrington ran his 4.59 clocking at LSU, which was his career best and he earned the 'Fastest Man' contest at Texas A&M, which pits athletes of similar weight in several athletic categories.

Harrington earned a scholarship offer from LSU following their camp, but Texas A&M and Texas have not offered at this time. The fact that Texas A&M hasn't offered is puzzling, because his uncle is former Texas A&M great Dave Elmendorf, who not only played for the Aggies but also was the color commentator on their radio broadcast until this year.

Harrington is getting ready to take his first official visit this weekend to OU, and along with the Sooners he is interested in several other schools.

"My tops are OU, LSU, Florida, Colorado and Tennessee," said Harrington. "Those five are my solid five, but you could include Texas in their if they ever step to the plate and do something."

"Oklahoma has a great defense and it is based on speed and not size, and that is what I am looking for," said Harrington. "I don't want to get over 270 pounds in college. Oklahoma's defense is always in the top five and last year they had a number one draft pick, Jim Thorpe and Lombardi Award winner.

"I can definitely see myself playing at Oklahoma. I would say that Oklahoma is probably my leader right now with LSU still very much in the race."

Harrington is still looking to take the test, but he shouldn't have any problem qualifying.

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