Offers: Florida Atlantic, Howard, Samford
Interest: Florida International, South Florida, UCF, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky
Game Watched:Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln vs. Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
What to Like
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School quarterback Darius Harvey is another north Florida prospect that is fun to watch and the more I see him the more I like him. Against Lake City Columbia Harvey got to show off a lot of his athletic skills that led to his first FBS offer from FAU as a cornerback. The first thing that stands out to me about Harvey is toughness and his ability to compete and never quit attitude he displays on the field. He was a man constantly on the run against Columbia spending the entire evening scrambling in the backfield and picking himself up off the ground.
At quarterback he shows good decision making and leadership skills. He throws a very catchable ball and makes smart throws and does of good job of recognizing the coverage and getting the ball to the right receiver. He is also very good at throwing on the run and seems very comfortable out of the pocket. While scrambling away from trouble Harvey got a chance to show off his quick feet and change of direction and you can certainly see his athleticism. As a runner he has good speed and shows the ability to rotate his hips (what I call swivel hips) and make himself skinny when trying to split two would-be tacklers. He also has good vision and field awareness when running the ball. So far this season Harvey has thrown for 659 yards and nine touchdowns and has run for another 160 yards and seven scores.
Room for Improvement
At quarterback Harvey has room for improvement with his mechanics and at times throws off his back foot which lead to over-throws but against Columbia he didn’t have a lot of choice. He could do a better job of being more patient in the pocket but for the most part is very poised and calm running the offense. At 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds his size and ability to see over and past offensive lineman would limit his ability to play quarterback in some college offensive systems. Harvey also needs to work on his arm strength if he plans to choose a college that will allow him to play quarterback. My two questions on Harvey would be does he have the true top end speed to be a major college corner? And secondly can he play quarterback with added arm strength and size because he does make good decisions with the ball.
The more you see Harvey compete the more you like him. He is a smooth and fluid athlete who battles hard and impresses you with his physical toughness and his decision making. He certainly has the athletic ability to play defensive back as he shows both above average speed and the ability to change directions and make people miss in confined space. I think more FBS schools will take a look at Harvey as an athlete as we get deeper into the 2013 season. Based off his athletic ability, production and desire to compete I think it is safe to say that Harvey is under recruited at this point.
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