JaJuan Harley is one of the best players in Florida for the 2009 recruiting class. The standout safety prospect from Rickards High came into the weekend as Scout.com's 10th ranked safety in the nation. After his performance, the Seminole commitment may see his stock begin to soar. Coming off of the injury, this was something he was looking forward to.
"Coming off of the injury, this was something that I wanted. I was happy with how I did today, but I am most happy that my teammates were able to come out here and show out. The guys for Scout were talking a lot to my teammates after."
That something was a stellar combine performance. While combine numbers can be deceiving, Harley wanted to use this opportunity to show that, even though he missed the majority of his junior season, he still has the tools to be a force on the next level at Florida State.
"I was motivated. I wanted to come in and show what I am capable of doing. I ran a 4.37 in the 40, had a 38 inch vertical, and ran a 4.4 shuttle and the L-cone in 7.61. I forgot my broad jump. I think I did really well in the one-on-one's too. No one really ran slants or those kinds of routes. Everyone mostly ran goes so it was easy to stay with them. People were showing me love."
JaJuan is a big safety at 6'2" and almost 200 pounds. The talented overall athlete excels at the safety position because of his ability to cover and run like a corner. He has long run the 40 in the low 4.4- high 4.3 range. Running the great time this weekend allows Harley a chance to feel vindicated.
"This performance just makes me more confident in what I can do. A lot of people were saying that me running in the 4.3's was a fluke and that I can't do it. I've been running that for a while, and this kind of shows people what I really can do."
The combine overall was a great time for JaJuan. He says that it had more of a pro feel than a college one.
"I really liked it. With UnderArmour and the set-up it felt really official. It felt like the pro combine rather than a college one. I saw the difference from the other combines I've been too."
Look for Harley to continue to work hard heading into his senior season. He says that there is a chance he'll attend the Junior Day type event the Seminoles have planned for the 21st of March. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with JaJuan and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.