WKU eyeing JUCO cornerback Harrington

WKU eyeing JUCO cornerback Harrington

Jordan Wells for the Herald

WKU and Pittsburgh may have had a chance at meeting in the BBVA Compass Bowl in the 2011 college football postseason.

In 2012 they may share family members on their rosters.

Alfred State Community College (N.Y.) cornerback Brett Harrington has WKU on his radar, while his younger brother Jahmahl Pardner awaits National Signing Day on Feb. 1 after giving a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh.

“My little brother is like my right-hand man,” Harrington said. “I haven’t thought much about us maybe playing each other, him being three years younger than me. But Akron (another school that has offered Harrington a scholarship) played Pitt twice, so we’ve talked about it a little bit.

“My mom almost broke out in tears when we talked about it. That would be like a dream come true.”

Along with offers from Akron and WKU, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback said he also has a written offer from Buffalo, with interest from Louisville and Vanderbilt still coming in.

A four-time state champion in the state of New York in track, Harrington also said if he decides on WKU, he knows about the success the WKU track program has had and may try to play both sports.

“I’ve still got goals left in track that I want to finish,” he said. “I’ve ran 14.1 in the 110 hurdles. I’d love to break 14 and keep trying to improve from there.”

On the football front, Harrington said while he does have great speed, he also enjoys playing physical.

“I like playing man-to-man,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me if you’re 6-foot-5 or 5-foot-10, I’ll be in your grill. Not just a quarter either, the whole game.”

Harrington also said he’s thought about the potential to play on a defense alongside five-star University of Florida transfer Jonathan Dowling and linebacker Andrew Jackson.

“That would be a lot of fun, having a guy like Dowling over top and Jackson on my side,” he said. “It could create a lot of opportunities as a defense.”

Harrington hasn’t hammered down a top three list yet, but said WKU certainly has his attention.

He said he plans to decide after his official visit to WKU, which he said would either be in January or February.

“Buffalo was nice because I’m from New York. I know a lot of people and alumni from there,” he said. “But I can’t wait to visit WKU.”