Riding the momentum from the SEC move and a level of success that many did not believe possible, new head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff are rolling on the recruiting trail with the addition of 2014 Lancaster (TX) defensive back Nick Harvey, who announced his decision via Twitter:
JUST COMMITTED TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY!— The Nick Harvey (@_IMakePlays11) November 26, 2012
Harvey shared the reasoning behind his decision ($) with Scout's Erin Hartigan:
The coaches made me feel great, the players all knew me well; I just love it down there. Also, I always dreamed of playing in the SEC. Now I can play close to my family and stay in Texas and still play in the SEC.
At 5-9 and 175 pounds, Harvey is a consensus four-star prospect considered among the top defensive backs in the class in the state of Texas in a loaded 2014 class. He could play safety or cornerback at the next level, with 247Sports and Rivals listing him as a cornerback, though he plays safety for Lancaster on the defensive side of the ball.
Holding offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and Virginia, the high school playmaker who fills a variety of roles for his high school team was highly coveted prior to making his decision.
That decision came as a bit of a surprise. Harvey has been one of the more quiet prospects in the 2014 class when it comes to recruiting, but had said within the last two weeks that he was "still open to everybody ($)" and wasn't planning on making a decision prior to his senior season.
It was not immediately clear what made Harvey change his mind, but he had taken an unofficial visit to College Station late in October.
Still early the process, the Aggies are already assembling an impressive recruiting class with the addition of Harvey, who joins Dallas (TX) Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins and Gilmer (TX) linebacker Josh Walker, serving notice to the Texas Longhorns that securing the top prospects in the state will no longer be as easy as it has been for some time, as both Harvey and Walker were Texas targets.
Another 2014 star, La Porte (TX) linebacker Hoza Scott, could also join the class in the near future with a December decision planned.
Nick Harvey (via gpowers22)