Vegas Harley’s face was filled with a perma-grim as he looked around Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night, on an unofficial recruiting visit to Florida State.
He and coach Chad Grabowski, and some friends, were in attendance, the first time Harley had ever been to an FSU game.
“It was great,” Harely said Sunday, following his trip. “I was finally able to go see a game. I’d been up to FSU before, but that was the first time I had seen one of their games. It’s a great school and definitely one I’d think about going to.”Vega
Harley is one of the most gifted quarterbacks in the state, but he seems to have fallen into that Florida-QB-to-DB crevice that has swallowed up many players like Anquan Boldin, former Pahokee QB, who played receiver at FSU and now is a Baltimore Ravens receiver; Peter Warrick, former FSU wide receiver was a star QB at Bradenton Southeast, and current Arizona Western Community College receiver De’Joshua Johnson also played QB at Pahokee and had signed with FSU, just like Boldin.
Harley has 10 NCAA Division I-A offers, as well as one from Division I-AA Georgia Southern. Of those offers, only two in-state schools, FIU and USF, have extended invitations.
“Most of them are recruiting me as a safety,” Harley said. “Georgia Southern is recruiting me as a quarterback, and there could be others, but I know for sure Georgia Southern is. It’s gonna come down to how I get a feel for the school, so it really depends.”
It will come down to how much he wants to play quarterback. Other Division I-AA schools will likely throw that caveat at the 6-foot, 180-pound dual-threat athlete with 4.45 40-yard dash speed.
He doesn’t have a top five list yet, and he’s going to squeeze in as many visits during the high school season as he can, but he’d prefer to wait until after the season to concentrate on recruiting.
“I plan to go see the USF-Miami game, Florida-Florida State ... any game I can get to,” Harley said. “Then I’ll try to research my schools to see which one I really want to go to after the season.
“But I’d really like to be able to see a football game because if I was going to be there I like to get a feel for it.”
Whatever he decides, it will obviously take some deep thought. He’ll have to choose: defensive back or quarterback. He’s said all along that he’ll play wherever he fits best in the system he chooses, but it could come down to deciding between NCAA Division I-A or Division I-AA.
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