ST. PETERSBURG – Flanked by his father, Keith Harrington Sr., and his mother, Corina Merritt, Northeast’s Keith Harrington made it official by signing with Washington State on Wednesday morning in the school’s culinary arts building.
About 50 family, friends and teachers gathered to watch Harrington sign, and he kept them laughing with a 10-minute speech that thanked just about everyone in the room.
"All of you guys had my back," Harrington said. “No questions asked, you were all there. My family, my teachers, my coaches, my friends, it didn’t matter. You were all positive people. I feel blessed to have you all around."
Harrington was pretty much the lone bright spot on a Vikings team that went 1-9 in 2013. He will likely be used as a slot receiver at Washington State. Former Northeast coach Mike Jalazo, who was at the signing, said that is the best spot for Harrington.
“We were playing Countryside (last season) and we were losing something like 35-0," Jalazo said. “But Keith had two plays where he ran away from Division I kids. College coaches who were looking at other kids suddenly started looking at Keith. He’s going to fit in perfectly out there."