One That Got Away: Percy Harvin

In this installment of the "One That Got Away" we look at former Gator Percy Harvin. The 2009 1st round draft pick was one of college football's most dynamic players over the past 3 seasons.

His Recruitment

When the 2006 recruiting process started Florida State fans thought they'd were sitting in the catbird seat when it came to Percy Harvin's recruitment. Early on Percy had mentioned that FSU was his dream school and that he had always wanted to play for them as a kid. When you add to that the fact that FSU was a program that churned out NFL players, it seemed like FSU was going to get one of the top playmakers in the nation in 2006.

As Harvin's recruitment progressed into the summer of 2005 schools like USC, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Michigan were on the short list of schools along with FSU. USC was in the middle of their reemergence as the nation's elite program, and Florida had just hired former Utah Coach Urban Meyer to replace Ron Zook. Harvin said during the summer that Miami was a longtime favorite so they were going to be in it for him.

As the season started and got underway it seemed as though FSU slipped more and more as the months passes by. Some thought it was just recruiting talk, and that Harvin was still giving the Seminoles a lot of attention. Others, though, saw signs of trouble as Percy never committed to making an official visit to FSU.

When November came Harvin had taken two visits to USC and Florida, and he had visits to Michigan and Miami lined up. FSU was mentioned, but as he said, "I'm not even sure I will take the last one (official visit)." That is when FSU fans realized a one time lean was not going to be coming to FSU.

In December Percy made his announcement after it came down to a final two of USC and UF. USC's distance played a major role, thus Florida was the lucky program that landed Harvin. At the time he said he liked the coaches at Florida, it was close enough for his mom to come see him, and he liked the fact the offense was similar to what he played in at his high school.

Why he made this List

While fans of FSU ended up disliking Harvin for several reasons, you cannot turn a blind eye to the playmaking ability Harvin brought to the field. FSU was in the midst of the Jeff Bowden era, and they were lacking true game breaking threats on the offense.

In 2006 the ‘Noles landed Preston Parker and Damon McDaniel, but they didn't have the ability that Percy had. Getting Harvin was important because the jewel of the 2005 class, Fred Rouse, was well on his way to being booted off of the team.

The Seminoles had Greg Carr as its big time playmaker at wide receiver in 2006-2008, but he was inconsistent. Harvin would have brought the Noles the multi-dimensional threat that was capable of taking it to the house on any given play. In college the teams that are successful have at least one big time threat. You look at Harvin for UF, Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech, the several guys at USC and Oklahoma, Jordan Shipley at Texas and so on; you'll find that these are the types of players that make teams successful on this level. The Seminoles didn't have that, and they lost one when Harvin got away from them.


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