Although only in his second year of organized football, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt’s Derrick Harvey is closing in on the state record for sacks. As the Rivals.com No. 2 rated weakside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 14 player overall, he said he is now down to six schools, and has set up his first two official visits.
“I really like Tennessee, Miami, Kansas State, Oklahoma and USC (Southern Cal),” Harvey commented on his top schools. “I like the coaches, the chance to play early, and they offer a good education. I also like the conferences. I'm also interested in Maryland, but I don't think I need to take an official visit there since it's so close.” Does he have a clear leader?
“No, they are all about the same right now,” he said, but it appears two schools may have the upper hand. “I plan to decide after I take my trips."
“I am not sure if I will take all my trips. It depends on how the first two go.”
Harvey has set up visits to Miami on Dec. 12 and Tennessee on Dec. 19.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end runs the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds and has a 33-inch vertical leap. He has 25 offers in hand, including from all of his favorites, and has put up big numbers over the past two seasons.
He finished his junior season with 12 sacks and 80 tackles and has already surpassed his sack mark as a senior, while equaling his tackle count. Leading his team to a 6-0 mark, Harvey has 22 sacks --only four short of the state record of 26-- with four games still remaining. He has also accumulated 80 tackles and has eight catches as a tight end.
Derrick entered the semester with a 2.6 GPA and had all A’s and B’s on his first progress report. He scored a 720 on his first SAT attempt, but is scheduled to retake the exam this upcoming Saturday.
Click here to see some highlights from Harvey’s first year to play football.