The local talent in the Tallahassee area may be one of the best the area has ever seen, and it is one of the most talented groups of players in the entire country. JaJuan Harley is currently rated as a 4-star defensive back who projects as a big-time safety on the college level. He has the size of a safety with the athleticism of a corner. Harley also runs track (10.6 100m) and plays basketball. While the recruiting process is just starting for Harley, he has received several offers and is hearing from a ton of schools. He said, "I have offers from Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida International. I have been hearing a lot from North Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech lately. The coaches from USF told me I should be getting some good news in a few days, so I guess that means they are offering me. I'm just blessed to have to offers I have because the coaches are focusing on the 2008 kids. My time will come."
For Harley the offer from Florida State was a dream offer, but he is adamant that he is open and looking for other offers at this time. "The FSU offer was the dream offer. To get one from them you have to be one of the best. Mickey told me in person about the offer. I was hearing from John Lilly, but he has moved on to Georgia. For me that doesn't change anything with FSU. I would like to play for a legend and Coach Andrews is one. I'd love to play for him," said Harley.
The other schools Harley is looking to hear from are the best of the best in the south. He said location is important as he wants to stay close to home. He stated, "It's up for grabs. I want offers from all of the Florida schools, Georgia and Alabama. I want to stay close to home. Alabama said they want to see my size, and if they like what they see they'll offer. A lot of schools don't believe I am 6'2" 192 pounds right now. That's why I'll be going to some camps and junior days. I know for sure I'm going to Alabama, Florida and Florida State."
JaJuan knows that his recruiting experience is far from over, but he does know what he is looking for from the colleges he is considering. "I'm looking for the best fit overall for me. There are four aspects that I am looking for. One is team unity. I've been on too many ‘I' teams. I want to be on a team that wants the BCS title. The second is academics. Are the coaches going to care and support you? I want to check out the facilities because I want to make sure I can improve and move to the next level. The other is playing time. It's not important as the other three because I feel with my ability I'll be able to go in somewhere and play early," stated Harley.
JaJuan is a great athlete who excels at several different sports. One of those is track, and running in college is something he is thinking about doing on the next level. He said, "I'm running track this year. I run the 100, 200 and the 4x100. My football coach just timed me at 4.33 in the forty. I'd like to compete in college, as it is something I've been thinking about the past couple months."
Harley, who missed the Army All-American combine due to a foot injury, says that most schools are looking at him as a corner or free safety. Florida State is one school that is doing that, but with one added detail. "I'm going to play corner and safety my senior year. I am also going to play some receiver. Coach Dawsey at FSU was telling me that if I get faster they may look at me as a wide out. I don't want to be labeled as just a defensive player. I want to be known as a player who is versatile," said Harley.
Harley is in the process of taking his ACT and SATs, and he tells NoleDigest there is a chance he may decide sometime this summer because he wants to be an early enrollee. He said, "I took my first ACT and got a 17. I was thinking about committing sometime this summer because I'm classified right now as a senior. I'm really thinking about enrolling early because they often have a higher success rate. My GPA is a 2.6 right now, so I need to get a better score on my ACT. I'll take the SAT down the road, but I am on pace to graduate early."
JaJuan is one of the top players in the state next year. Jimbo Fisher has made it a point that he wants to keep the local kids home, so it may be hard for other schools to get Harley away from FSU. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with JaJuan and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.