Coach Speak: Will Harper

Sandy Creek defensive coordinator Brett Garvin breaks down what Syracuse is getting in new commit Will Harper.

Versatile Peach State athlete Will Harper committed to Syracuse on Friday. CuseNation.com spoke to Sandy Creek’s defensive coordinator, Brett Garvin, to find out what the Orange is getting.

Strengths

”He’s not afraid of contact. To me, his biggest strength is his football savvy. He’s smart, he understands what the offense is trying to do. That comes with experience because this will be his third year for us.

”He has all of the tools. He’s not afraid, he’s got the speed, he has the size, those kind of things. That’s not going to be an issue with him.”

Needs Improvement

”The speed of the game. He’s got to get prepared for the speed of the game because obviously it’s going to speed up when he gets to that level. And depending on where they play him, outside linebacker or safety, all of those things are going to come into play.

”No different than any other football player. He can work on his speed, his agility, his understanding of the concepts that they’re running. Those kind of things. Other than that, I think he’s fine.”

Overall Scouting Report

”He is a great skill guys. He’s our adjuster. He’s got good ball skills. He’s smart and he’ll be a three-year starter for us. He’s a safety slash outside linebacker. He plays outside linebacker for us but he’s probably more of a safety kind of guy.

”He does a lot of things for us and plays all of our special teams for us.

”We might actually try to get him some safety stuff this year depending on how things go. He’s a very intelligent player. He understands what other teams are trying to do and the concepts of what we’re trying to do. He’s an integral part of our defense.”

How He Translates to College

”He’ll be fine. He’ll be great. Put it this way, we run our little punt wall stuff where there’s usually going to be a kill shot on it. He’s the guy who runs all that down. He’s not afraid of that. With his aggression, he’ll be fine from that regard.

”I think he’ll be fine. We’re pretty tough on our kids. Our kids have generally, for the most part, handled that transition well because of what is expected of them at our place. It’s pretty tough. It’s a hard road to hoe for our kids and we do that on purpose.

”He’s having to cover Korey Banks who has offers from Michigan and Wisconsin. He’s had to cover Demarre Kitt who went to Clemson. He faces those kids every day in practice, and that helps get him prepared for the next level.”

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