Harvin gets school visit from USC

One of the most highly touted players in the country is wide receiver Percy Harvin from Virginia and the Trojan coaches made it a priority to stop by his school right away during this evaluation process. Click below to hear his thoughts on the Trojans and the latest in his recruitment.

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Three years ago, USC brought in Mike Williams of Tampa, Florida, who was recently taken 10th in the National Football League Draft.

In successive recruiting classes, 2003 and 2004, they landed receivers who caught four touchdown passes in the 2005 Orange Bowl national championship victory, Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett.

This year the Trojans signed the highly touted and No.1 wide receiver in the country, Patrick Turner, from Madison, Tennessee. USC offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, has said Turner is the best wide receiver prospect he has recruited during his time at USC. Yes, better than Mike Williams.

And now, perhaps to the dismay of potential national championship rivals, they're in the running for another elite receiver, Percy Harvin of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

One of the reasons Harvin looks favorably on USC is the strong impression the USC football team and Trojan running backs coach Todd McNair has made upon him.

"He told me from the start, call me T-Mac," Harvin said. "He is real cool and down too earth. He's not like the other coaches that exaggerate about my potential playing time or how good I am. Coach McNair didn't guarantee me anything and said I will compete with everyone else. The best players play at USC."

Harvin has the confidence and willingness to compete that Pete Carroll looks for in all of his recruits.

"I've had phone conversations with coach McNair, he's sent me information about their school and their 2005 depth chart," Harvin said. "The depth chart doesn't mean much to me because I'm ready to compete with the best."

Coaches are scheduling meetings with Harvin and he said every school recruiting him plans to visit this month.

McNair was on the Landstown High campus Monday to watch Harvin work out, but was unable to speak to him per NCAA rules. Harvin said McNair will return to Virginia Beach with Pete Carroll sometime in the next few weeks when coaches are permitted to speak to recruits.

Harvin has received 32 scholarship offers, but he's narrowed his list of favorites to five.

"My top five are USC, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Tennessee," said Harvin.

His interests in each school are varied."I like USC because they are a great program," Harvin said. "Coach McNair said I'd fit in at USC because they have three receivers who might enter the NFL draft after next season. Their No. 3 quarterback got drafted before Jason White and he only took a couple of snaps while he was there. That blew my mind."

Harvin listed his reasons for interest in other programs.

"I'm interested in Miami because of how they prepare their players for the NFL," Harvin said, and I've always liked Florida State -- itt was always a dream of mine when I was a kid to play for them.

"I like Florida's new coach, Urban Meyer because we run the same system as Utah did at our school," said Harvin. "I like Tennessee because they throw the ball a lot and they got two of the best quarterbacks coming out of high school the past two years."

Harvin plans to take unofficial visits to his five favorite schools during the summer and take official visits during the football season.

He played multiple positions for Landstown High and was his team's punt returner. He had a 100-yard punt return and averaged an astounding 58 yards per return.

"I played running back, wide receiver and quarterback last year," said Harvin. "I would start out the game at wide receiver and then, at some point, line up at running back."

For the year, Harvin caught 58 passes, had 950 receiving yards, 690 rushing yards, returned four kicks for touchdowns and scored 32 total touchdowns. He also intercepted 10 passes as a cornerback and returned three for touchdowns.

Chris Beatty, Harvin's coach at Landstown High said, "If there's a better player in the country, I'd like to see him."

Take a look at his video and judge for yourselves.

Click here for Percy Harvin video #1

Click here for Percy Harvin video #2

Note: Harvin can bench 260 pounds, squats 360 and he has a 34 ½ vertical jump and he's qualified.


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