Last year at this time, coaches all over the country were flocking to McGill-Toolen High School in an effort to recruit highly thought of defensive end Sidell Corely, who eventually signed with LSU. During that time, another defensive end was getting noticed by every single coach that came through Mobile. They all wanted to know about Glenn Harbin, and the more they found out the more they liked what they heard.
Harbin is one of the more interesting athletes in the country in that he is an elite player in football and baseball, and seems to like both sports equally.
"I like both sports about equal," said Harbin . "I don't have any offers in baseball, but it is early and I know that pro scouts like me in baseball. I don't have to worry about baseball until next year. I wouldn't mind playing football and baseball in college, and I have talked to a few schools about that. Early, I might think about playing two sports and then narrow it down to one eventually."
For Harbin, the two sports go hand-in-hand.
"In baseball, you have to have pretty good hand-eye coordination to hit the ball, and to see the ball you have to have good eyesight," said Harbin. "To hit an 87 to 90 mile-per-hour fastballs, you have to have quick hands. And in football, that can help you slap offensive linemen's hands off you. The object is for me to get my hands on him before he touches me. Quick hands are a key to that success. So, the two sports help me in similar ways.
"I am a little quicker than most offensive linemen," said Harbin. "I have longer arms than most offensive linemen. I am also tall so I can beat down a couple of passes a game."
A year ago, Harbin finished with 75 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and six passes battled down. In baseball, Harbin finished this past season hitting .350 with two homers, 32 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Harbin hits fifth in the line-up and plays right field. He can bench 285 pounds, squats 415 and he has posted a 32-inch vertical jump.
"I would say 10 schools have offered me," said Harbin. "Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Purdue, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Kentucky have offered. I might have a top three or four by the end of the summer after I take a couple of visits or go on their campus."
What does Harbin think of Oklahoma?
"I know it is a good school and a good program," said Harbin. "To have a good program, you have to have good coaches. Oklahoma is one of the best programs in the country."
Harbin went to the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio and was named first-team all-combine on defense. He attended Alabama's Junior Day and admitted he liked the facilities and enjoyed his visit with Head Coach Nick Saban.
"I enjoyed my visit to Alabama and I look forward to seeing a couple of other schools this summer," said Harbin. "I am not locked into just staying close to home and I would like to see what other schools are like."
Harbin says his academics are in order.