Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt defensive end Derrick Harvey announced his decision on national television today, picking an SEC power on ESPN.
"I'm going to Florida," Harvey told Rivals100.com earlier on Tuesday. "It's a combination of things. I liked the coaching staff, I liked the way I fit into their defense and I like the opportunity I would have to play early."
The Gators won this much-heated recruiting battle over Maryland, Ohio State and Tennessee. While the lure of staying close to home at Maryland was strong, the chance to be The Freak Part II at Florida was too much to pass up for the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder.
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"They say I remind them of Jevon Kearse during his days at Florida will my size and speed off the edge," Harvey said. "My best asset is my pass-rushing ability and that's what they want me to do -- get after the passer."
Harvey's coach at Eleanor Roosevelt, Rick Houchens, didn't try to steer Derrick one way or another.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders," said Houchens. "He knows what he wants, he knows what kind of defense he'd fit into and he knows where he can get a chance to play early. Florida is a great program and I'm happy for him."