Top California JC S gets first offer

Nebraska will be looking for immediate help in this year's recruiting class in the secondary. The pressing need would be to find a free safety that is capable of making the interception, but plays physical. Nebraska might have found their man. The Huskers have stepped up and offered one of the top junior college safeties in California.

Reedley (Calif.) Junior College safety, Maurice Harvey, has been spending his time this summer on conditioning. More than that, the 6-foot-3 and 190-pound safety, is working on becoming a better player.

"I just got out of practice," Harvey said. "We just got out of conditioning. I have been working on my angles, the angles of approach."

Harvey is focusing on adding a little meat to his frame as well this summer. "I have been trying to put on a little weight. I have been a little thin. I was around 190 pounds and I am trying to put on another 10 pounds."

Harvey is a heck of a centerfielder when it comes to playing safety. He also likes to come up and stick his nose in on a play and make a hit.

"I think my biggest strengths are my range and my awareness for the ball. I love to hit. That is what I love to do the most. I like to stick my nose in there. I can cover too."

Harvey was active last year on defense and on special teams. "I had about 65 tackles, 10 interceptions, two blocked field goals and two or three blocked punts. I got all-Valley conference."

The first offer for Harvey is the only offer, for now. It's a distinguished offer to him though. He has done some research on the team and the school and feels like they offer a complete package.

"I just have one offer. I have an offer from Nebraska. I think that the offer is really good. I like cooler winters and hot summers. They have good academics there too."

"I wanted to really find something to distinguish a school above others and I looked at Nebraska's academics. They have very good academics. I am looking forward to them being on my list and taking a visit."

Nebraska is eyeing bringing in Harvey in the spring so he can be ready to compete for next fall. "They want me to come in so I can be there for the spring. That helps me fit in and get ready to play in their system. They want to get me a spot."

Harvey hails from Florida originally and isn't necessarily trying to get closer to home with his decision. "I went to Tylerville (Flor.) HS. I don't know if I just didn't finish up trying to get through the clearinghouse. I had a 3.2 GPA coming out of high school."

"My test scores, they weren't all that great, but they were good enough to go through the clearinghouse because of my GPA being a 3.2. I guess that I really don't know what happened."

Harvey says that as of right now he is on track to be able to enroll at a division one school in December. "I should be finishing up at Reedley in December. When I enroll at a four year school, I will have three years to play two."

The Nebraska coaches have been talking about bringing Harvey in for an official visit this summer, before his season starts. Harvey said that he is trying to reach the Nebraska coaches, but realizes that many are out on vacations.

"I haven't been able to talk to the coaches lately at Nebraska because they have been out on vacation. I have left voice messages for them. I will call them tonight after class or tomorrow morning."

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