Lobo offers FL ATH

Wake Forest is looking for that elusive all-purpose back to find into their offensive spread attack. The staff extended an offer to Keith Harrington, a 5-foot-9, 176-pound running back/slot receiver out of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Fla.) Northeast. Harrington list of D-1 offers has increased to six this spring and is excited to receive his first from the ACC.

"Last Friday, the Wake Forest offensive coordinator, was here and he told my head coach I had an offer," Harrington told DeaconSports.com. "I'd been talking on Facebook with Coach Lobo, so I knew they were showing some interest, but I'm real excited about the offer. It's a big school and a big offer for me. Wake Forest is a team I've grown up watching. I like everything I've heard about them, but I haven't been able to make it up there for a visit yet. I'm not planning on taking any trips until the summer or after the season, but I definitely want to take a trip up there as as soon as I can."

"Coach Lobo said he likes me at running back and in the slot. He loved the quickness I showed on film and how well I can catch the ball out of the backfield and also how hard I run. They run an spread offense similar to what we do [at Northeast]. I think I'd definitely be a good fit in their scheme."

Harrington had nearly the same amount of rushing yards as he had receiving as a junior combining for 1372 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 10.48 yards-per-carry and 16.85 yards-per-reception on the 2012 season helping the Vikings to the first round of the Florida Class 7A playoffs. Not to rest of his laurels, Harrington has stayed active this spring with practice and hitting the combine circuit

"So far, I've had a pretty good spring practice," he said. "I'm reading the holes better than ever and improved on my route running. I think we're going to have a big year. We only lost five seniors and only two of them were starters. Our spring game is on [May] 31st against Gibbs.

"At the Nike camp in Orlando I was named the running back MVP. Big County Preps had a combine in Tampa where I got MVP. Then I attended a Rivals camp in Tampa where I was named a top performer."

Harrington holds offers from Arizona, Boise State, Indiana, Marshall, Wake Forest, and Washington State. He's being recruited by Kentucky, Northern Illinois, UCF, and USF among others. At this time, Harrington isn't ready to name any favorites.

"I just want a play in an offense I'll fit in and get some early playing time," he stated. "I'd like to make visits to I can get a real feel for the place. I want it to feel like home. If I'm ready I'd like to commit prior to the season, but we'll see how the summer goes. I might just wait until after the season so I can get in all of my official visits."

Harrington was named first team PCAC All-Pinellas County as a junior. It was his second season as a starter on varsity. His best performance of the season came in the Seminole game when he rushed for 190 yards on only four carries.

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