Josh Harvey-Clemons, the AJC Super 11 linebacker from Lowndes High School, freely admits that he said Florida was his leader this week. But there was a reason for it.
“I was asked if I had to pick one school as my leader, which one would it be … I said Florida because that’s the only official visit I’ve taken so far; I’ll take the rest of them after Saturday’s game,” Harvey-Clemons told the AJC.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder is one of six Georgia seniors playing in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl at 1 p.m. Saturday (televised by NBC).
Before Harvey-Clemons leaves the Texas after the all-star game, he said is supposed to meet at his hotel with UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who recruits South Georgia for the Bulldogs.
Harvey-Clemons, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPN, has official visits scheduled with UGA on Jan. 13, Florida State on Jan. 20 and LSU sometime after that.
Does he have a real leader? “Florida and Georgia are probably at the top for me right now,” Harvey-Clemons said. “Florida is close to home, and I feel like I have a chance to play early there. Same goes for Georgia. I have some players from my area up there, and I can get some early playing time, too.”
Perhaps the ultimate compliment to Harvey-Clemons’ athleticism is that he was offered scholarships at both outside linebacker and wide receiver. That’s an unusual combination of projected positions, as opposed to LB/TE or WR/DB. Alabama and South Florida offered at WR, while the rest prefer him on defense.
“Florida and Georgia are recruiting me as an outside linebacker but both told me that when I get there, they would give me a chance to play wide receiver to see what I could do.”
What position does Harvey-Clemons prefer to play in college? “I really don’t know yet because we ran the Wing-T offense at Lowndes. I had to make a living on defense. Most schools have recruited me at outside linebacker. But I don’t know … I don’t have a preference of position yet.”
Some people have questioned if Harvey-Clemons is serious about Louisville. UL, at least in football, traditionally does not have a lot of luck recruiting against SEC schools.
“Louisville is right up there with the rest of them,” Harvey-Clemons said. “No, they’re not in the SEC but it’s no big deal. I feel like I have a chance to play early at Louisville. I like coach [Charlie Strong] a lot. I feel like they are building a strong program. My roommate at the all-star game has committed to Louisville and has talked to me a lot about coming there.”
Harvey-Clemons has plenty of time to think about his college decision. He decided against committing on national TV on Saturday because he wasn’t ready. “I’m going to wait until I take all my visits. When I finish doing that, I think I’m going to have it pretty much figured out that’s where I want to go.”
OTHER RECRUITING STORIES
Georgia players in US Army All-America Bowl, 1 p.m Saturday on NBC-TV
Assistant coaches: Corey Jarvis, Duluth; Randy McPherson, Lowndes
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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