"Coach asked me if I wanted to play, and I went out and made the team," says Harvey. "I hadn't played football since I was younger with the Boys and Girls Club. I played basketball, but now I only play football."
At 6'5", 225 pounds with a 4.67 forty, Harvey is one of the top DE's in the country. He has a good first step off the ball and has the speed and athleticism that promises to only get better as he gets more snaps under his belt. Harvey is a self-described Terrell Suggs type player. He had 85 tackles and 13 sacks last season for the Roosevelt team. In the fourth game of the season last year, he had 15 tackles and 3 sacks against Oxen Hill.
"I have been working on my strength, size, speed, and my hands for next season," explains Harvey. "My goals for this season are to have over 25 sacks, 100 tackles, and to play in the US Army All-Star Game."
These goals are quite attainable for Harvey this season because he is less of a stranger to the game than he was a year ago. "I have been learning more about the game. It was hard last season because I didn't know all the plays and terminology, and now I know it."
"I enjoy seeing all the different schools and getting involved with head coaches," explains Harvey about recruiting, "but it can become too much sometimes times. My mother and my coach have been a big help with colleges and all that."
Derrick Harvey also does well academically. He plans on majoring in criminal justice and earning a business minor. He hopes to one day be an FBI or ATF agent and own his own clothing store.