WSU visit seals the deal for Harrington

BEFORE LAST WEEKEND Keith Harrington had never seen the WSU campus. The Cougar WR commit said he verballed based on the Air Raid offense and the great things area recruiter Paul Volero told him about Pullman. Now that he's seen the campus in person, the Floridian speedster tells CF.C he enjoyed his trip immensely, he's rock solid with Wazzu and won't be taking any more official visits.

Future Cougar inside WR Keith Harrington, out of Saint Petersburg, Fla., didn't mix words when asked about his first experience out on the Palouse.

"Oh man, I absolutely loved it," he said. "That was my first time out there and everything was great. I got to meet all of the coaches and they showed me and the other recruits the campus and the brand new facilities they have over there. Those facilities looked great and once they're done, it's going to be amazing.

"The people on campus were great too. A lot of the students were just so welcoming. It's a nice little college town and it seems like everybody knows everybody. That was really great to see and my mom enjoyed it too. She came with because she wanted to check out the education aspect and we were both impressed."

HE ENJOYED THE CAMPUS so much, Harrington said this weekend 100 percent solidified his verbal commitment to the Cougs.

"I'm firm with them for sure," Harrington said. "This trip made me even happier than when I gave my commitment to Washington State. It's tough committing to a school without seeing it and sometimes you might have doubts or questions, but once I got there, it didn't take long for me to love it.

"Getting to see the campus in person and meeting all of the players really solified everything for me. The older guys on the team were great. They all seem like big brothers who are there to help you out."

The Northeast High standout added that he continues to hear from schools like Arizona, Florida Atlantic and Wake Forest, but that he's shut his recruitment down. Before pledging to WSU, Harrington had offers from those three along with Boise State, Indiana, Iowa State and a few others.

"I'm not planning on taking any other official visits," he said. "My plan is to finish up my senior year of high school and then get to Washington State sometime in June to start summer classes and the offseason conditioning program, which I can't wait to get started.

At Washington State, they throw the ball a ton and if you're a receiver, that's definitely the place you want to be."

HARRINGTON HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to have a sit down with head man Mike Leach, which he said was one of the highlights of his visit.

"He was telling me about the plans he has for me in his offense," Harrington said. "He's a really nice guy and he said he can't wait for me to get up there. We didn't just talk about football, though. We talked about life in Pullman and how education is very big for him and the other coaches.

"They all want me to make plays on the football field, but more importantly, they want me to focus on my education and leave Pullman with my degree."

In addition to Leach, Harrington met up with assistants Dennis Simmons, David Yost and Paul Volero. Volero is Harrington's area recruiter, but the third-year WSU outside linebackers coach is much more than that, Harrington said.

"My mom and I got to spend some time speaking with Coach Volero and it went great," Harrington said. "He's the main guy who has been recruiting me for Washington State and he's really the main reason they brought me up there.

"He told me all these great things about WSU and he's the guy I can go to whenever I have questions about the program or anything really. He's told me I can call him whenever and he'll always be there to help me out."

The 5-9, 180-pounder was hosted by fellow Floridian Isiah Myers, who did a good job of showing him the ropes around campus.

"He was telling me about the things I need to look out for while I'm up there and he explained how it's a pretty simple transition from Florida," Harrington said. "When we were going around the school, I loved how everything was so close too. We were walking everywhere. The stadium, dorms and everything else is right there. You don't have to go far for anything."

  • Harrington recently capped off his high school career in the Blue-Gray Bowl Game in Tampa where he tallied over 300 total yards and four touchdowns. "That game was a blast and it was a lot of fun to be able to play against some top recruits," Harrington said. "The coaches told me they watched the game and they were very proud of me. The told me just to make sure I bring some of that playmaking ability to Wazzu (laugh)."

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