Sherrard Harrington, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound product of Woodson High School in Washington D.C., is discussing a possible visit to Boulder later this month but still doesn't have a scholarship offer from CU coach Jon Embree.
Harrington is listing Iowa has his favorite school at this point, but he says that is almost exclusively because the Hawkeyes have offered him a scholarship while CU has not. He said he would consider the two schools on equal footing if he had a scholarship offer from the Buffs.
However, there are two other factors that might give Iowa an edge over Colorado. Harrington is scheduled to visit Iowa next weekend and he has friends that already attend the school or who are committed to the program. He also is a December graduate from his high school and he would like to enroll in spring classes and begin to compete for playing time next fall as soon as possible. He said he doesn't want to redshirt.
Both programs can offer him the chance at early playing time, but only Iowa could promise him the chance to enroll in spring classes, which begin in Iowa City about a week after they begin in Boulder.
"If push comes to shove, I'm willing to go to school as a regular guy instead of a midyear guy," Harrington said. "My main thing is I want to get in a get acquainted with the team, workout and get in the best shape so I can be a part of Colorado football and help them win. Instead of being a guy who comes in late and talks about redshirting, I want to come in, work hard and stuff like that and get my body in the best shape and be ready to play."
Harrington is a solid student with a 3.7 grade point average and ranked fifth in a class of more than 100.
Harrington said he became interested in Colorado and contacted CU coaches through his high school coach whom he believes might have known Embree while he coached tight ends last year with the Washington Redskins.
"I'd like to be a part of the rebuilding process, trying to get Colorado back to how they used to be in the 1990s," he said.
Harrington said he wants to play his college ball at a school and for a coaching staff that can prepare him to play in the National Football League. He believes both Iowa and Colorado fit the bill.
He said one of the biggest reasons he likes Colorado is that about half the coaching staff at CU has played or coached in the NFL, including Embree and defensive coordinator and secondary coach Greg Brown.
"His resume is impressive," Harrington said of Brown. "I feel he can prepare me for the next level because overall that's what I want to do. That something I want to be a part of in life."
Harrington describes himself as versatile. He played cornerback as a sophomore and junior and moved to safety to help his team as a senior. He said he will play cornerback at the college level.
"My senior season went great, most importantly because we won the championship for the third consecutive time," Harrington said. "That exceeds everything. That's just one of the great moments, even with my individual accolades."
Harrington estimated he finished the season with 45 tackles. He said he made three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Harrington said he didn't play much on offense, but he did get some snaps at wide receiver in third-down situations. He is being recruited by all schools as a defensive back.