On The Rise: East Wake’s Harrington has multiple skills

Quarterback Tripp Harrrington of East Wake is a player who is on the rise. (WNCN)

WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) – East Wake star Tripp Harrington will do anything to help his team win, including switching positions like he did his sophomore year.

“I played quarterback all my life,” said Harrington. “That was actually the first year I played receiver.”

He played the position so well that, to this day, North Carolina and other big-time programs continue to recruit him as a receiver.

But Harrington’s first love is quarterback and he plays it with abandon. The 6-foot-1 senior is the focal point of the Warriors attack.

“I think it’s fun running around and getting my teammates involved and throwing to my receivers,” Harrington said. “It’s really fun.”

Last season Harrington threw for more than 2,600 yards and 30 touchdowns.  Through five games this year he has already thrown 14 touchdown passes with no interceptions.

“He’s dynamic,” gushed East Wake head football coach John Poulnott.

“He’s a special athlete. You’re not blessed with guys with his talent level very often.”

Harrington is so talented there’s an urge to line him up on defense.

Poulnott said Harrington would be one of the top safeties in the area if placed on that side of the ball.

But so far Harrington has only played quarterback. What position he’ll play in college is still up for debate.

“He wants to be a quarterback, that’s his love,” Poulnott said. “But if the right program came along and said, ‘Hey, how about thinking about being a receiver in this program?’ I think he’d pull the trigger on that as well because he’s talented enough and wants to play at the highest level.”

And Harrington, what’s his thoughts?

“I just love the game,” he said.

In other words – stay tuned.

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