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Harlan athlete stays close to home to play college football

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) – A Harlan Green Dragon is headed to play football close to home on the college gridiron.

Darius Akal committed to EKU football via social media on Tuesday, July 9.

Akal has been an all-around athlete for the Green Dragons, playing quarterback, running back and defensive back.

He led Harlan in rushing with 960 rushing yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns last season.

Akal was also a big contributor on defense with 16 solo tackles and two tackles for loss in the 2023 high school football season.

Akal still has one more year to play in Harlan before leaving to become a Colonel in Richmond.