There is a young man from Hartland, WI who is staying tonight with his parents at the Kellogg Center. He is here on an official visit and is an old school type player that Mark Dantonio used to build Spartan football from the scrap heap left by John L. Smith. His name is Noah Harvey and while he is currently committed to Bowling Green. Spartan Nation caught up with the talented youngster prior to his arrival at 4:30 today in East Lansing.
Harvey told us about the recruitment from the Spartans. He isn’t a last second guy as some of speculated. He knows Michigan State well. “Coach Salem has been coming in often probably for the last six months and communicating a lot. Now Coach Tressel is talking to me. It has been pretty constant. I went to a camp at Michigan State and I have been there for a game, versus Michigan. I have been in constant contact with them.”
So what does he think of the campus since he has been here a few times? “I loved it, both the campus and the football facilities. I thought the layout of school was great and the freshman dorms are right near the football building. It is really perfect. The whole thing.”
So what are the Spartan coaches telling him that they like about his play? “They like my length and they want long rangy linebackers and they want to put some weight on me. They want me to play at 240.”
The Spartans want him to play the boundary or as the Spartans call it, the SAM. His style is a natural fit.
The film doesn’t lie. It was a mantra that Pat Narduzzi echoed his entire time while in East Lansing and it is true. The film shows you a young man who plays the game with passion and a pure love affair. So where does that style of play come from? “I have always a very aggressive kid and I have always loved the game.” He paused and added, “Things can work out,” talking about being a Spartan.
Being from Wisconsin was he raised a Badger fan? “Yes I was.” So would he love to go back to Camp Randall and wear the green and white? “Of course it would be fun. Coming back and showing them how to play some football.”
I asked the 6’3” 215# young man if there is anything the Spartans want to see him get better at? “I have to get better with my hands. If I put on some weight they might move me to defensive end and I will have to shed some 300 pounders. So I have to get better.” Did you catch that? Did Harvey let us in on the Spartans thinking?
The Spartans want him to play LB, but the old school Dantonio approach is to look at guys who may hit a growth spurt and if that happens can he play another spot? Harvey can. If he goes past 240 and hits the weight room and has a spurt he might hit 260+ and end up with his hand in the dirt. The good news is that he has the motor to do it.
So does Harvey have a time frame to make his choice? Yes and considering that he is already here and leaving after the MSU vs. UM game, it could be a good sign. “I will probably make mu decision Sunday after my official.”
So how was his senior campaign? “Probably around our third game of the season we were struggling and my head coach said some leaders have to step up and assume that role. So I did and we made the playoffs. I take pride in that and becoming a leader. You have to make sacrifices to do that and I am ready for that.”
It was less than a week ago that the young man who has had a lot of contact with MSU got some personal attention from the head man. While prior to tonight he had not met Dantonio, the head coach did reach out less than a week ago. “He gave me a call last Sunday and that was great. I look forward to meeting him.”
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest on Harvey and the others as the 2017 class comes to a close. National signing day is Wednesday and Spartan Nation will have wall to wall coverage.