Editor's note: This
is the seventh in a series of 20 leading up to National Signing Day that
features Top 100 football recruits who have yet to announce their
college plans. We're breaking down their finalists and predicting where
each will wind up.
Uncommitted: Josh Harvey-ClemonsHigh school: Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)Position:
6-foot-5, 225 poundsTom Lemming's Top 100: No. 93 overall
(No. 3 OLB
Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville More Uncommitted: D.J. Foster
, Josh Garnett
, Aziz Shittu
, Darius Hamilton
, Trae Elston
, Devin Fuller
For the college football head coach who wins the recruiting battle for Josh Harvey-Clemons
, the fight might not be over even after the Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)
standout signs his letter of intent.
There likely is to be a lot of additional competition between offensive and defensive coaches when Harvey-Clemons steps on campus.
Of course, recruiting a player with the athleticism and versatility of Harvey-Clemons can sometimes be tricky. Whereas one school might see the athlete at one position, another could envision him as a standout on the other side of the ball because of his vast skills. Determining what position the athlete actually wants to play adds another component.
In the case of Harvey-Clemons, he hasn't quite figured it out yet, and he seems fine with it.
"A lot of people ask me (what I am going to play)," Harvey-Clemons recently told The Valdosta Daily Times
. "I haven't really figured it out, myself. You know, we ran the Wing-T, so we didn't really throw the ball much on offense. So I really had to make a living on defense. So it is really hard to tell, because I love hitting on defense, but I also like having the ball in my hands."
Most schools project him as an outside linebacker because of his size and 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season he played three different positions on defense – end, linebacker and safety – and finished with 117 tackles and three interceptions.
Offensively, Harvey-Clemons lined up at wingback, quarterback and receiver for the Vikings. He caught 17 passes for 215 yards, while also rushing for nearly 200 yards. If a school chooses to play him on offense, it figures to be at wide receiver.
Regardless, Harvey-Clemons is considered the top prospect in Georgia and is the third-ranked outside linebacker nationally by MaxPreps.
Said MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming, "He is a world-beater and a difference maker, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. He has to be accounted for at all times and shows the tools to become an All-American at the next level."
Wherever Harvey-Clemons ends up, he figures to get plenty of input from his grandfather Woodrow Clemons, who has raised Harvey-Clemons after his parents died. The elder Clemons told the Atlanta Journal Constitution
last week that he expected a "photo finish between Florida and Georgia."
As National Signing Day approaches, here are our thoughts on where Harvey-Clemons might end up:Louisville (long shot):
The Cardinals will be the last official visit for Harvey-Clemons on Jan. 27, so they will get the opportunity to make a final impression. Florida State (long shot):
The Seminoles could be elevated after this weekend (Jan. 20). Florida State continues to gain momentum and is ranked No. 10 in the CBS Sports College Recruiting Rankings
, plus it has four former Lowndes players on the roster. Florida (fair shot):
The Gators made the first offer to Harvey-Clemons, which could figure into the equation. But Florida already has linebackers Antonio Morrison
of Bolingbrook (Ill.)
, the No. 68 recruit in the nation, and Jeremi Powell
of Pinellas Park (Largo, Fla.)
in its recruiting class. In addition, the Gators graduate only one senior from their young 2011 linebacker corps, meaning playing time might not come right away.
Our final thought comes down to what Woodrow Clemons also told the Atlanta newspaper. "There's nothing distinctly different about Florida and Georgia at this point. I think Josh's decision will boil down to the sincerity of the coaches and the opportunity he will have to play once his gets there."Georgia (bank on it):
The Bulldogs do not have another linebacker currently listed in this recruiting class, meaning Harvey-Clemons figures to get the opportunity to play early and often. We are guessing Georgia will do whatever it can to make sure the state's top recruit doesn't play elsewhere.