JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One player that raised his stock a tremendous amount over the summer and picked up some impressive offers was Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson safety Jamal Harvey. As a junior he played wide receiver most of the year and started the last five games at corner, but it looks as if now he has found a permanent home.
"He just sort of came out of no where for us last year," Jackson head coach Kevin Sullivan said. "We had an injury and he played the last five games of the year as a corner for us. Going into this year we knew we had a hole at safety so we thought we'd try him there. He lit it up during spring and college coaches loved him."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Harvey runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He has picked up offers from Florida State, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Louisville and Ole Miss.
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"My top five schools are Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU and Louisville," Harvey said. "Florida State was my childhood favorite growing up. I really like the dorms up there and when you go in that stadium you just get a vibe from it."
Though Harvey did not name a leader, from talking to him it's not hard to figure out that this is a two team race between the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida State Seminoles.
"I went up to Georgia for a camp and they really impressed me a lot," Harvey said. "I love the fact that they play in the SEC, that is the conference man. I know that Ole Miss is going to have a really good defense this year. I don't know much about LSU or Louisville, but I know people that go there and they say it's real nice."
Harvey is ranked as the No. 26 safety in the nation and the No. 53 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com.
"I think my biggest strength is the way I run to the ball," Harvey said. "I love to hit people and even though I play free safety I think I am better at stopping the run. I'm not a pure speed guy, but I'm real quick and real flexible. Roy Williams is my favorite player because of the way he just comes up and hits people."