May 28, 2008
Signee update: Harbin thinking two sports
Position: Defensive end.
Rivals.com Position Ranking: 17th-ranked strongside defensive end.
High school: Mobile McGill-Toolen.
Commitment Date: 1/31/08.
Recruited By: Lance Thompson.
Present size: 6-5, 250 pounds.
Current workout routine: "I've been running a lot of 110s and lifting weights. I haven't maxed out on the bench press or on squats in awhile, so I'm not sure where I'm at there. But I'm going at it pretty hard about four days a week."
On his reporting date: "I'll be there June 1st, this Sunday."
On his future jersey number: "We haven't talked about that yet, so I don't know what they'll give me. Jersey numbers haven't ever mattered much to me."
[Editor's note: Harbin added he is undecided on a field of study at UA, and has not pre-arranged plans for a roommate.]
Self-description of playing style: "I just try to play hard every
play, that's the main thing, just never give up on a play. I'm probably better at stopping the run than rushing the passer. We played a lot of running teams [at McGill-Toolen] so I've been coached a lot more for stopping the run."
On when he was sure Alabama was right for him: "After going to a few
football games I realized that was the atmosphere I wanted to be around, and definitely the coaching staff I wanted to play for. I went to the Arkansas game, the Georgia game, and LSU. It was exciting being around all those fans."
One thing people don't know about you: "I like to get on the computer a lot, whether it's the internet or video games or whatever."
On the possibility of continuing his baseball career at Alabama: "I had a pretty good year this year, playing outfield and pitcher. I'm going to try to pitch at Alabama. I haven't talked to Coach [Jim] Wells, but I've talked to a couple of his assistants about giving it a try next spring. The best fastball I've ever been clocked on was 91 [mph], and I've got a splitter and a curveball, too."
On his future position at Alabama: "Probably defensive end, but I don't know for sure yet. I played a little bit of both [end and linebacker] when I went to Alabama's camp. I'll do whatever they ask me to - I enjoy playing both about the same."
On his experience practicing against former UA recruit and eventual Georgia signee Cordy Glenn at the Offense-Defense All-Star event in Fort Lauderdale: "That's a big young man, right there. I had a great experience down there working against all the guys. There was a lot of talent out there - a lot of guys that are going into the SEC. I got to hang around with [fellow UA signee] Melvin Ray a little bit."
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