Now that the majority of the top football players from the Class of 2005 have selected their college…
Speedy Va. WR Has U-M in Top Five
In January, at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas, a 4.5 electronically timed 40-yard-dash was considered exceptional. Wide receiver Percy Harvin of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va., stepped up and clocked an blazing 4.34, by far the best time of the entire combine. "I have great speed and strength," as Harvin describes himself. He put up 185-pounds 14 times on the bench press, and reports a squat of 425 pounds. He was also one of the few sophomores invited to last year's (2004's) U.S. Army Junior Combine.
Listed as the No. 1 wide receiver on Jim S's list, the 6-foot-0, 186-pound Harvin reports over 30 offers, including Michigan, and list his top five as USC, Miami, Tennessee, Florida and Michigan. "You can throw Florida State on the list too I guess," he said. "I like them too." He said USC, Florida and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest.
Harvin doesn't claim a favorite, but is paying attention to schools that like to throw the ball. "All of the schools on my top list throw the ball a lot," he said. "My coach told me to pay attention to Michigan, so I was watching Braylon Edwards all year; he was amazing." Harvin said while he has never been to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines will be one of his five official visits.
If speed is needed on the field, Harvin delivers. As a junior he reports 65 receptions for 985-yards; 32 carries for 605-yards rushing and 32 touchdowns total. "I had a couple of punt returns and interceptions for touchdowns," he said. "I love returning punts and definitely want to do that in college. I'll play wherever they want me to (in college), but I prefer wide receiver." In Landstown's 47-20 state championship game victory over Robinson, Harvin intercepted three passes and scored four touchdowns. He totaled 476-yards in rushing, receiving and returns. He was named Virginia's Player of the Year as a junior.
He said his remaining camp schedule is undecided at this time. "I may go to a few Junior Day's and spring practices," he said. "I went to Virginia last year to see their game against Miami, it was a lot of fun. That was the only game I made it to last season."
Harvin also plays basketball for the Eagles, and will run track this spring. "I run the 100-meters, the 200, the 4 X 100, and I do the long jump and the triple-jump," he said. "I had a 38-inch vertical jump at the Army combine." The Landstown basketball team lost 74-71 to the Woodside Wolverines in state finals.
Reporting a 2.7 grade-point-average along with an 890 on the SAT, Harvin said he is unsure of a major. How does mom feel about Harvin leaving the state? "Oh she wants me to stay home," he said. "But she'll let me make up my own mind."
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