Westside linebacker Matthew Harless signed with Marshall football last week as a preferred walk-on.
He and teammate Chase Stafford (see story on this page) took part in a ceremony at the school last Thursday.
Harless said he found out about the Herd’s interest from MU linebackers coach Adam Fuller.
“I’ll play wherever they want me to play,” he commented.
A torn ACL kept off the field for the second half of his senior season at WHS.
“It was very frustrating,” Harless said. “You have to push yourself to come back.
“I’m at about 80 or 90 percent,” he remarked. “I’ve been running.”
“Matt is one of the toughest players I’ve coached in 21 years,” said Renegades coach Larry Cook. “He’s like a piece of metal. You can’t keep him down.
“He’s full of courage,” the coach observed.
Harless started playing the game at age five with his grandfather, Charlie Toler, as his coach.
He liked it immediately. “I was a rough and tough kid,” he recalled.
Harless says he can block out the rest of the world when he’s on the field. “I feel like I’m in a heaven,” he stated.
His favorite high school games were against Man. “I grew up playing with those guys until I was in seventh grade, and I was friends with all those kids,” he said.
“I need to get faster and stronger (for college football),” he said.
He thanked his grandfather, brother Michael, whom he called “my inspiration” and Coach Cook, whom he says “pushed me to another level and took me to camps.”
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.