Don't sleep on future Cougar Keith Harrington

MIKE LEACH HAS won a number of Pac-12 battles this recruiting cycle and one of his very first in the 2014 class was Keith Harrington out of Saint Petersburg, Florida. The inside receiver will trip to Washington State Jan. 17 -- the first time he'll see the WSU campus in person. Don't sleep on Harrington, he's exceedingly capable of making that first guy miss and breaking off big gainers.

"I just want to go there and see what it's like, see if it feels like home, which I'm sure it will," said Keith Harrington out of Northeast High. "I love the coaching staff. So I'm just going to go down there, meet some of the teammates and see how it is up there."

Harrington (5-8.5, 176) verbally committed to Washington State back in the spring over offers from Arizona, Boise State, Wake Forest and others.

"With Washington State, we talk about more than football. Some coaches only talk about football but they ask me how I'm doing in school and things like that. But it's different with Washington State," said Harrington.

HARRINGTON LOOKS TO be an excellent inside receiver fit for the Air Raid because of how he can stress a defense in the short passing game.

He has soft hands and he's great in space, explosive and accomplished at making the first guy miss.

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HARRINGTON, WHO HOLDS a 3.4 GPA, said the contact with Washington State has been continuous and that he talks to three WSU coaches – area recruiter Paul Volero, inside receiver coach Dave Yost and Mike Leach.

"I like talking to (Volero) because he's always positive," said Harrington. "He's the one that started recruiting me, he's the one who has seen me and brought me in, I feel like he has confidence in me. I like talking to Coach Volero a lot. He's always checking to make sure I'm doing well in school.

"There's two spots with the H and the (Y), the slot stuff… (Yost) said he can see me playing (either). And he says that he can't wait to get me up there."

"Coach Leach, he's very, very, very smart when it comes to football – very, very smart. I like talking to him and can't wait to meet him."

HARRINGTON ENDURED A trying senior campaign at Northeast. Before the season began the offensive coordinator took a job at another school, eight key players transferred out and it all went downhill from there. The head coach resigned the day after the season.

Coming off a 7-4 season in 2012, Northeast cratered to 1-9 this year, (Harrington gained 129 yards and scored four touchdowns in the win.) Despite all the tumult, Harrington was selected for a postseason senior All-Star team.

"I'm solid on Washington State," said Harrington.

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