JaJuan Harley is the safety prospect that the Seminoles have bee looking for. With great speed and ball skills, Harley is a player the Noles have been lacking in the defensive backfield for some time. Today they landed one of the biggest targets out there when Harley committed to the Seminole coaching staff. He said, "I has it on my mind for some time and I couldn't resist it. I just decided to get it over with and make it known I am a Seminole."Me and the coaches had a brief conversation about it. I called and said what is tomorrow. They said Valentine's Day. I said well happy Valentine's Day, I am ready to make it known I want to be a Nole. They laughed and were real happy about it."
Harley grew up a huge Seminole fan, and he pays a lot of attention to the program and what goes on with it. He noticed that FSU had one of the top recruiting classes for 2008, and that they're off to a great start in 2009. That is something he wants to be apart of. "The class for 2008 is really good. The two committed for 2009 are two of the best and it's a start to a great team. You can quote me on this, not in 2009 but in 2010 I guarantee FSU will be playing for the BCS title," said Harley.
One piece of information that makes this commitment so big for FSU is that Harley is on pace to be an early enrollee. He met with his counselor today and it looks like its good to go. He said, "I wanted to get this verbal commitment done because I'm seeing about being an early enrollee. I am classified right now as a senior and I am on pace to do that. I met with my guidance counselor today and she said I'm on pace."
It's important that Harley enrolls early because FSU is losing a lot of safeties after this year. That is one characteristic of the Seminoles that Harley liked, saying, "They told me after this year they're going to be short on safeties. I have a chance to come in and start as a freshman there. They were telling me that I'm coming in as a free safety and kick returner for sure, and that they'll play me on the offensive side of the ball. My dream has always been to be a Heisman candidate, so who knows what could happen (laughs). I can take it to the house with the returns, so I am excited, man."
JaJuan really likes that the local talent is staying home. What some people don't know is that he came very close to being the first commitment for the 2009 class. "Actually, I was going to commit earlier. Jaccobi (McDaniel) beat me to it. I was gonna do it after him, then Willie (Downs) did it. I'd like for all the Tallahassee kids to stay home and play at FSU. I am going to call Jaccobi tonight about Chris Thompson. Getting the Big Bend kids to stay home would be nice. I plan on going after the kids that want to battle. FSU is on the upswing," expressed Harley.
Some may wonder if the commitment is 100%. Those people needn't worry. It's been Harley's dream to play at FSU, and now he's close to realizing it. He tells NoleDigest, "I'm 100% committed. I'm secure in this decision. I love going to the games, the school and the overall environment there. After going to Florida's Junior Day, I knew that FSU was the place. It gets crazy there, but FSU is home. My family is happy and they can see me play. It's important to be around my family and friends."
With the commitment out of the way, Harley is now turning to making the most out of his senior year and waiting to get to FSU. "I plan on representing myself and Florida State. I am going to bring that fire back to the free safety position. The front seven is developing with guys like Moses McCray, Markus White, Nigel Bradham, Nigel Carr and Vince Williams. That's secure. Receivers aren't going to want to run posts to my side. I'm putting the fear back into them. I want to be like Dexter Jackson and Chris Hope. I want my name next to theirs. I've been feeling this for a while, and I'm ready right now. I'm really excited," said Harley.
JaJuan's commitment was a major early coup for the Seminoles. It helps lock up a top player at a position they've struggled on the last few years. He plans on attending the spring game and summer camp, and will be at the home games before he likely enrolls in January.