Future Coug glued to late night Wazzu TV

THROUGH FOUR GAMES, the growth of the Cougar program has been apparent within the Pac-12 footprint. But it's also made some noise on the other coast -- specifically down in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where a Wazzu verbal pledge has been glued to the action on his television set this season. He spoke with CF.C about that, the strength of his commitment to WSU and more...

Every Saturday night from his home in Florida, future Coug slot receiver Keith Harrington is glued to his couch to see WSU in action. From the upset win over No. 25 USC to the most recent 42-0 drubbing of Idaho, Harrington said he's loving what he's seeing.

"They're looking great all around," He said. "It's not just the offense that looks like they're clicking. The defense is playing well, and as a team, we're still young. They're getting the job done right now and we're only going to keep building the program up."

THE FUTURE AT Washington State is what the 5-8, 176-pound speedster said he and the Cougar staff talk most frequently about. This included a recent phone conversation with head man Mike Leach.

"When I spoke with Coach Leach, he kept telling me how excited he is for me to get up there and start catching balls for his offense," Harrington said. "That was very exciting for me. To have my future head coach call me and tell me that was big.

"They're going to be using me as more of a slot receiver and we talked about some of the different schemes that we're going to use. They run a high-powered offense and I think I can definitely excel in that."

Harrington is rated three-stars and the 93rd best running back in the land by Scout.com, but he will play inside wide receiver for WSU when he arrives on campus next season.

"I've been hitting the weight room hard," Harrington said. "I use a special trainer on the side, and once my season is over, we're going to keep it going and take it up a notch. Right now, I'm right around 176 pounds, but I want to get bigger. My goal is to get to WSU right around 185 or 190 pounds. The biggest thing for me is I don't want to lose any of my speed."

Harrington was listed earlier this season at 165 pounds by scout.com.

"I'm all about getting my body Pac-12 ready."

AS FOR RECRUITING, Harrington said he continues to hear from all of the schools that offered him scholarships prior to his verbal to WSU. Those offers include Arizona State, Boise State, Iowa State, Indiana, Marshall and others.

"Man, everyone is still sending me a lot of mail and stuff like that," Harrington said. "They aren't really calling a whole lot, but they send a lot of mail to keep me informed about their schools and what direction their programs are headed."

With the increased interest from the other schools, has his commitment wavered?

"I'm very solid with them," Harrington said of WSU. "Right now, the only school I'm planning on taking an official visit to is Washington State. I just love the offense and I feel like I can go in and do what I do best. I run my routes well and I can make plays after the catch with my speed. I think I could go in and help out WSU."

HARRINGTON ADDED THAT his relationship with future WSU QB Peyton Bender is also another reason why he's excited for his days donning a WSU jersey.

"We've talked a couple of times and he's a Florida boy like me," Harrington said. "He's going to my quarterback and we've started a little bit of a bond already. We talk about the future and getting the program up. It's been rising up lately and we really want to keep it going until we get to the top."

Harrington said he hasn't set up an official visit with the Cougs yet, but because of the way his prep team's schedule and WSU schedule matches up, he likely won't be able to trip to Pullman until after the season.

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