With a defensive line loaded with seniors, West Virginia knew that it needed to bolster its numbers for next season and the immediate future. It did so on Sunday, and hopefully got some help that can play right away, in the form of Jalen Harvey, a big defensive linemen from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Harvey originally signed with and attended Syracuse before leaving and transferring to Northwest, where he has been the last two seasons.
"I feel like I am a run stopper," Harvey told BlueGoldNews.com following his commitment. "My pass rush needs some work, but I feel like the coaches there can help me develop."
Harvey will have two years in which to complete his final two seasons of eligibility. He is on track to graduate in December, which would allow him to enroll at WVU for the spring 2017 semester. Since he does not have a redshirt year available, that will be critical, as it will give him spring practice to try to assimilate the West Virginia scheme and perhaps earn a spot in the defensive line rotation.
Harvey thinks his time at Northwest Mississippi is preparing him well for his return to Division I.
"Hands down this is the best football in juco. Mississippi juco football is tough and physical. You have to bring it every week."
BlueGoldNews.com has more to come with Harvey, including comments on his previous Division I foray, his position projection at WVU, and the reasons for his commitment.