PSU Adds Another Burner

This year, the Nittany Lions have made a concerted effort to recruit players with blazing speed. Already having secured verbals from speedsters Justin King, Devin Fentress and Lydell Sargeant, Penn State added a verbal commitment from another burner Wednesday evening when Connecticut athlete Willie Harriott told the staff he was accepting their scholarship offer.

Name: Willie Harriott
Position: WR/CB
Height: 5'9.5"
Weight: 180 pounds
40 Speed: 4.3 seconds
Hometown/School: Hamden, Ct. (Hyde Leadership HS)

"One of the coaches, Brian Norwood, actually came to my house for a visit [Wednesday] and I told them then," Willie said in reference to his verbal commitment. "I also got to talk to Joe Paterno [that] night."

Harriott also claims scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Connecticut, Rutgers, Indiana and Boston College among others. Willie, who grew up a fan of Florida State standout Deon Sanders, impressed at a FSU camp earlier this year when he ran a blazing 4.3 40-yard dash. What was the Seminoles level of interest in Harriott?

"They had a level of interest in me, it's just that my heart wouldn't have been in it. It's too far from home. [Distance] has always been a factor. I wanted something close to home, but not too close to home."

Penn State fit the bill in more ways than one.

"I just liked the environment. It had that homely feeling I was looking for."

Willie, who took an official visit to Penn State in November, said Penn State is considering playing him both ways, at corner and receiver. The lack of talent at both positions makes early playing time for Harriott a distinct possibility.

Willie had 33 catches this season for 774 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he made 4 interceptions, 3 of which he returned for touchdowns.

What did the PSU coaching staff indicate they liked about him?

"The fact that I'm fast and can cover, and that I'm focused and have good grades."

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