Safety Maurice Harvey of Reedley Community College (Calif.), a big-time ball hawk who recorded 20 interceptions in 22 JuCo games, visited Syracuse last week in hopes of getting an offer and possibly committing. Harvey gave Syracusefan.com the scoop on his visit and where his recruitment stands.
"They were supposed to offer but they didn't end up offering me. They kind of put me on hold," Harvey said. "They told me they'd get in touch with me at the end of this week. I guess they were waiting on some guy; he took a trip to Stanford. He's a high school guy and I guess he's supposed to be a top recruit."
Speaking of which, it's surprising that Harvey isn't held in higher esteem by recruiters. Despite his prolific numbers, including 10 interceptions each of the past two years and a combined 12 blocks of punts and kicks, he doesn't have any offers yet. Akron and South Florida both seem to be quite interested, but neither has offered.
Harvey believes it has something to do with the fact that he'll need to stay in California until the summer, rather than joining his future team in the spring.
"I think a lot of schools talk about me being a late guy coming in," he said. "I don't think it's a big difference."
As for the SU visit, Harvey loved it. He has family there, he loved the campus and he got along with the coaches and players.
"It's a nice college town. The class size is maybe 30 to 50 people, so you get that personal attention. A lot of the buildings have a lot of history," he said. "I was talking to the head coach throughout the weekend and the rest of the coaching staff just loved me … The players talked on good terms. They told me some good things about the program."
He said the staff told him they'd like to add his experience to their defensive backfield.
"They need some experience. They're kind of fresh in the secondary," he said.
Harvey had to cancel his visit to Nevada but is still considering the school. He's also been hearing from Florida International and is hoping to get back in contact with West Virginia. Meantime, the waiting game is taking a bit of a toll on him.
"Yeah, I'm kind of trying to figure out where I'm going to be. My stats say it all – I was the best free safety in the nation," he said. Syracuse "sounded good, it looked good, I was just surprised they didn't offer me."
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