Cougs continue to recruit Florida hard

PAUL VOLERO, Washington State's outside linebackers coach, has been busy increasing WSU's presence in the state of Florida this spring. The Cougs have made a splash with prospects in the Sunshine State, landing a QB commit and extending 12 known offers. A speedy inside receiver recently nabbed a crimson offer and tells CF.C he gets jazzed up when he thinks about possibly lining up in the Air Raid.

St. Petersburg's Keith Harrington out of Northeast High School picked up an offer from Washington State last week. The 5-8, 165-pounder couldn't have been more excited when Paul Volero gave him the news.

"They run a great offense and everything," Harrington said. "I talked with 'Coach Paul' and we have actually been talking for a while now. He came down to my school a few weeks ago. He's a great guy. I was waiting for him to offer and when he did, I was relieved."

Since that offer was put on the table about 10 days ago, Harrington said he and Volero have continued to build on their strong relationship.

"I call Coach Paul on a daily basis pretty much," Harrington said. "They've been recruiting me pretty hard since they offered and we were close even before the offer.

"I'm very interested in Washington State right now. Their offense is the exact same one that we run here at my high school. I think I could go in right away and make plays for them."

AS A JUNIOR at Northeast this past season, Harrington combined for 1,372 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged a very healthy 10.5 yards per carry and nearly 17.0 yards per reception.

His quick speed was the key reason for him putting up such big numbers on each play.

"Washington State wants to give me the ball in space and let me fly on the field," Harrington said. "The coaches told me they really like my speed and my hands."

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Harrington holds offers from Arizona, Indiana, Wake Forest, UMass, Ball State and South Alabama.

Although he said he has no favorites at this time, Harrington did say there are several reasons why he is already planning on using one of his five official visits to trip to Pullman next fall.

"I love that they came all the way down here just to see me and get a feel for whether or not I could fit in their offense," Harrington said. "That showed a lot of effort on their part.

"Mike Leach is also a great coach and "Coach Paul" has told me a lot of good things about him. I think Coach Leach also has one of the highest graduations rates for his players in the country. They pass the ball a lot too. Everything about the program seems like it would fit me well."

Harrington added that he might try to take a trip to Pullman this summer for an unofficial visit and that he is in no rush to make a college decision.

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