One of the top 2014 athletes in the state of Texas is Nick Harvey (5-11, 180, 4.48) from Lancaster.
Nick Harvey is one of those rare talents that made an impact from the first day he stepped onto the football field as a freshman.
Nick started as a freshman at cornerback for Lancaster. On the first play of his first game against Dallas Carter, Nick anticipated a short short pass by Carter, picked it off and scored on 35-yard interception return.
Lancaster then head coach Andrew Jackson said Nick became the best cornerback on the team in just four games. In his fourth game as a freshman Nick played cornerback and kick returner, and played a few snaps at quarterback. His first throw was a 41-yard completion and he also rushed for 56 yards in that game.
In his fifth game, with starting quarterback Davon Hodge out, Nick started at quarterback led Lancaster to a big win over West Mesquite, rushing for 224 yards and 4 TDs.
Nick finished his freshman year rushing for 665 yards and 5 TDs on 107 carries (6.2 ypc) and passing for 524 yards and 3 TDs, earning District 15-4A Newcomer of the Year honors. Nick was named by MaxPreps a freshman All-Amercian at defensive back and as one of the top 10 freshmen in the USA.
As a sophomore, Nick was a District 15-4A 1st Team All-District selection at defensive back while rushing for 234 yards and 2 TDs on 37 carries (6.3 ypc), passing for 336 yards and 5 TDs, and catching 3 passes for 41 yards and 1 TD.
In recent testing, Nick has recorded a 35" vertical, a bench of 225x2, and a squat of 315x2.
Capable of playing multiple positions on the college level, most are projecting Nick's best position to be defensive back.
Nick agrees and lists defensive back as his preferred college position.
When asked what he thought his strengths as a player were, Nick said as a defensive back his man-to-man matchup skills and ability to defend bigger wide receivers, and on offense that he looks to score everytime he touches the ball.
Nick says the area he wanted to improve upon was "coming out my brakes faster."
When asked what he is looking for in a college Nick said "Academics, lifestyle, and how well the team is a family."
Nick's favorite two colleges growing up were Texas A&M and LSU.
As you would imagine, Nick is already getting a clot of recruiting attention from colleges.
Among those who have been in contact are Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Houston, West Virginia, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Nick says that Baylor and Texas A&M are recruiting him the hardest.
Nick's favorite conferences are the Big 12 and the SEC, seeing both as being "very physical." His favorite thing about the Big 12 is "explosive offenses" and about the SEC its "defensive teams."
When asked about the possibility of playing in the SEC, Nick responded " Thats one of my goals for the future hopefully I can accomplish that."
Nick attended the Texas spring game last week, got a lot of attention from the Texas coaches, and came away saying Texas "is high up there" among the schools he is considering..
Nick was offered by Texas A&M during this past season and has a very strong interest in Texas A&M.
Nick has not yet visited Texas A&M but his hoping to soon.
Nick will atend some camps this spring and summer but has not yet scheduled anything.
Nick's goals for his junior and senior years at Lancaster are to "work hard every day, go undefeated, and win the state championship both years. No days off! Live and sleep football."
I asked Nick what else he would like people to know about Nick Harvey and he said he is a "Good kid, loves sports, (is) hard working, likes to joke around with friends and family, have fun, and does what it takes to be the best plus extra!"
Nick is a consensus 2014 top 20 prospect in Texas.
Nick Harvey was No. 15 in the initial Aggie Websider Texas Top 50 for 2014 published on March 3rd, but is a prospect likely to move into the top 10.
The Aggie Websider will continue to closely follow the recruitment of this top 2014 athlete.