RECRUITING: Three Visits Set For Harvin

Percy Harvin is at that point where he's suddenly juggling his priorities. He's getting ready to help his Virginia Beach Landstown (VA) team make a run at a second straight state championship, but there is also that dubious task of trying to eliminate one of the six schools on his list so he can make five official visits in the fall.

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The only thing certain right now is that this 5-11, 182-pounder, rated five stars and the number two wide receiver in the nation by and considered one of the top five prospects in the entire nation, has visits set for Florida, Southern Cal and Miami. There are three other schools on his list but only two others will play host to him on an official visit.

"I have three [visits] set so far," said Harvin. "I go back to Florida on September 16, to USC on Sept, 29, and Miami on October 11."

Harvin indeed will go "go back to Florida." He visited Gainesville during the summer months on a trip he took with Landstown Coach Chris Beatty and teammate Damon McDaniel, also a top-rated wide receiver prospect. Florida was the only out of state school Harvin visited all summer.

Most of Florida's players were away from campus at the time, but Harvin did meet one player who made quite an impression.

"I met (freshman quarterback) Cornelius Ingram," he said. "He was taking a summer class. He was so big. I thought he was a defensive lineman when I first saw him."

Harvin took a moment to talk about the three schools he has scheduled to visit in the fall.

FLORIDA: "I like the coaches. It's really Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Billy) Gonzales … both of them are cool. They are outgoing and young so they can relate to young people. They want me at the H-back position. it's the same position as Chad Jackson."

USC: "I know him by T-Mac (Todd McNair) … he is the running back coach. He is the same, really outgoing. They want me in the same position that Steve Smith plays."

MIAMI: "They are just one of the schools I just always wanted to play for. Growing up, I liked them and Florida State. They will put me everywhere, punt return and kick returns."

With three visits virtually set in stone, Harvin was a bit more non-committal on the three schools looking to land the two remaining visits.

"Florida State, Tennessee, and Michigan are all pretty much telling me the same things," he said. "They are saying I will be the main feature coming in."

Meanwhile, there is a season to prepare for so this wide receiver/running back/ corner, who doubles as a kick returner, is getting ready for a scrimmage against against a tough team that features another of the nation's top players.

"We have a scrimmage tomorrow," Harvin said. "We are scrimmaging against Granby High School. Chris Bell (rated the number five wide receiver in the nation by is there. I don't really know him, but I know of him. We played them last year in a scrimmage."

Landstown's office figures to put points on the board in record numbers this year with Harvin and McDaniel (four-star rated by ripping opposing defenses to shreds. When Harvin isn't doing it on offense he locks down opposing wideouts from his cornerback position.

"I will do anything I have to do to get on the field," he said.

Getting on the field is something Percy Harvin figures to do at the next level, even as a true freshman. That's why so many schools want him. Six are in the running but only five will get a visit and that means that one school will see its chances diminish considerably.

REDMAN REACTION: This was my third conversation with Percy Harvin and like the other two times, I learned something new. I fell into the trap of believing that Harvin grew up such a fan of one particular school in the state of Florida that it would be difficult to lure him away. However, it turns out that the other two powers in the state --- Florida and Miami --- might hold the upper hand, a dagger in the heart of those Percy is a lock rumors

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