Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
The focus this time around is on Keith Harrington from Northeast (FL), once one of the country’s well-known recruits in the Class of 2014 who carried the South to a 47-44 double overtime victory over the North in Florida. Fast forward, and nowadays, he’s a redshirt freshman at Washington State.
Safe to say Harrington did well during his final game on the prep circuit in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. He finished with more than 300 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, including the game-winner in front of nationally televised audience on the Fox Sports family of networks.
“Harrington was one of the most dynamic and versatile players I’ve witnessed in high school and that’s many years of watching the game. He lined up at running back, also at wide receiver, and didn’t miss a beat,” NFL veteran and Blue-Grey All-American Bowl coach Mark McMillian said.
In terms of what lies ahead, Harrington appears to be on the verge of earning additional playing time this season for the Cougars. He’ll most likely be in the mix for coach Mike Leach’s pass-happy offensive scheme on Sept. 12 against Rutgers in a nonconference game at 8 p.m. (EST).
Given his ability to play multiple positions in the recent past, and do so effectively, it would not be surprising to see Harrington receive the occasional carry to help lighten the load for running backs Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks. Leach and Co. have options with the 5-foot-7 and 185-pounder.
Regardless, it will be interesting to watch the developmental process in Pullman (WA). Considering his track record, or resume that includes an MVP type effort in the brand’s All-American Bowl among other accolades, it’s reasonable to expect plenty of future success for Harrington.