"I was mainly a running back at first at Southern," said Harley. "But we also had Akeem [Judd] so I moved to linebacker my senior year and I thought I had a good year.
"But, I didn't have any big offers I think because of not playing much linebacker but also my grades weren't too good. So I ended up going to Georgia Military College."
Harley also says that dedicating himself in the weight room had helped his recruitment. He played linebacker at nearly 255 pounds as a high school senior, but now at 230 pounds, he feels he is starting to come into his own.
"I haven't played linebacker long," said Harley. "The light is coming on though. Last year I played in seven games and had 33 tackles, and this year I think I'm going to be even better.
"We have a lot of transfers coming in, and our defense is looking strong. I'm in there at middle linebacker, the captain, the coach on the field. Coach says I'm doing a real good job of leading our guys."
With offers already on the table from Arizona State, West Virginia, and Southern Miss among others, Harley knows that he will have options following his sophomore season. Another option could be NC State, a school he visited on Tuesday.
"I got a call from my high school linebackers coach and he said that the coaches at State wanted me to visit so I went over there," said Harley. "I really loved it. They showed me around and I loved the weight room. I also got to talk with one of my old teammates, Tony Creecy, about the school. I just loved being back home."
NC State hasn't offered a scholarship but Harley believes they could be close to doing so.
"Coach Kitchings is recruiting me for State," he said. "He's a cool guy, real down-to-earth. He said right now they could be losing four linebackers so they are looking for some big-time guys to come in and make plays. I think that's me.
"He's looking at me hard and said they need to look over my high school transcripts first. He didn't want to tell me I had an offer before checking my transcript so we sent it over and I should be hearing back from them real soon."
Next up for Harley is an unofficial visit to West Virginia on Saturday. He hopes to be able to graduate from GMC in time to enroll in college in January.
"I want to commit to a school in the middle of the summer," he said. "I want to have it finished up before our workouts.
"Right now I'm wide open."