Name: JaJuan Harley
Why he chose Florida State: From the beginning, FSU was the team to beat for Harley. The standout safety said after he committed that he knew he was going to play for Florida State and committed nearly a full year before national signing day and never looked back. The depth at the position, along with a strong relationship with the coaches made the choice easy for Harley to stay put in Tallahassee. Harley says he has remained in constant contact with the Florida State coaching staff.
"I've stayed in contact with Coach Fisher and Coach Andrews. I have been watching film with Coach Andrews getting ready to come in and play early," Harley said.
Harley chose FSU over Alabama, Florida, LSU and Miami.
Strengths: Harley's best asset is his speed. He has run several sub 4.4 40 yard dashes and says he has been working hard training to get even faster.
"Even though I have been gaining weight it has been muscle so I have gotten faster. I did run a 10.5 in the 100 this year so I feel I can get my 40 time down even more," Harley said.
Scout Inc. recruiting expert Burke Hayes calls Harley a "Very physically-gifted, Harley is an explosive playmaker. Has good range and arrives under control, which allows him to overcome occasionally poor angles."
Weaknesses:Although there aren't many, Hayes says Harley's footwork can get sloppy, which results in timing and leverage issues. Harley will also have to adjust to new defensive schemes where he will have to focus on more specific assignments compared to high school where he had a little more freedom.
Chance of redshirting: 0% The rover position is one of need with the departure of Myron Rolle. Florida State does not have a proven rover and no one played well enough to lock down the position during the spring which will give Harley a great chance of getting in there and playing early. When asked about redshirting, Harley said, "A redshirt is out of the question. If I am not playing safety I will be playing special teams, which I am cool with. I will play a lot of minutes if I come in and learn what I am supposed to do. I'm going to lay some people out on special teams."
Bonus: 3 goals Harley says he has coming in:
1: Help the team win the ACC for the first time since 2005.
2: Beat UF!
3: Make the team a national contender finishing in the top 5.
Also contributing to this story was Nate Greer, NoleDigest publisher.
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