Whether or not you like Tennessee's chances of signing him, you've got to like Derrick Harvey a 6-foot-5, 228-pound defensive end out of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Green Belt, Md.
With 4.65 speed, a 32-inch vertical leap and an 81-inch wing span, the athletic Harvey is very well equipped to make the lives of quarterbacks miserable. In only his third season of ever playing football, Harvey broke the Maryland state record of 26 sacks in a season as a senior, and was virtually unblockable by anything less than a triple team. That left every other defender one-on-one and allowed the secondary to double team the receivers.
Very strong with a 350-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat, it's little wonder Harvey is ranked the nation's No. 3 defensive end prospect by The Insiders. A five-star prospect, Harvey's upside is higher than his vertical.
The Vols will get their shot at this red hot prospect this weekend when he comes to Knoxville for an official visit. Harvey was at Florida last weekend and came away so impressed that in moved the Gators into a dead heat with in-state Maryland as favorites for this services.
The Vols have ground to make up but they also have the means to close the gap. And they would certainly prefer to have Derrick Harvey harassing Chris Leak than harassing C.J.