Miami football expected to receive commitment from 3-Star DE Wednesday

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush /

Three-star defensive end Jahfari Harvey will announce his college choice on TCPalm.Com on Wednesday night according to a report by the website. Harvey is listed as 100 percent to commit to the Miami football team via 247Sports.Com.

Harvey is the 463rd ranked player in the country, the 35th best weakside defensive end and the 59th best player in Florida according to 247. Other potential schools that Harvey could commit to other than the Miami football program according to 247 are Georgia Tech, Michigan and North Carolina State.

Miami has one other commit at defensive end in the Class of 2019. Strongside defensive end Jason Munoz committed to Miami earlier this month. His commitment vaulted the Hurricanes two spots in national rankings for the Class of 2019. That included passing Florida State.

Harvey who is 6’3 225 pounds has offers from several other Power Five programs besides the three previously mentioned. Other ACC teams persuing Harvey are Louisville and Pittsburgh.

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If Harvey commits to the Miami football program he would not be enough to move the Hurricanes up in 247 Sports’ composite rankings for 2019. Miami is currently ninth in the 2019 rankings just behind Ohio State and ahead of Oregon.

Not surprisingly Alabama is first. Miami is second in the ACC behind Clemson. The Tigers are fifth overall.

Harvey had 91 tackles, 12 sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns playing for John Carroll Catholic last season according to TCPalm.Com. He is playing for Vero Beach this season.

Vero Beach Head Coach Lenny Jankowski said they had to change practices this Spring because Harvey was so disruptive. Jankowski praised his new star to TCPalm.

"“He’s a man-child…He’s took to the coaching, and he got better and better each day. He was very disruptive through practice. He’s got a big bright future in front of him.”"

Harvey is more than just the 6’3 225 pound imposing lineman. He adds a 6’7 wingspan and hands measured at 10.25 inches at Florida State during a February visit.

Harvey’s size has schools interested. Jankowski expanded on Harvey being coachable in another interview during a more extensive article on Harvey by Jon Santucci.

"“(Colleges) like his size,…Have you shaken his hands? His hands are ridiculous. It’s all those measurables, his wingspan.“He’s just really willing to do anything and try anything. He’s able to do a lot of things that guys his size can’t do naturally – like cover. He’s good in space, he runs around well. He runs forever. He runs for days and he just has these big strides.”"

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  • Harvey’s defensive line coach with Vero Beach is former Miami tight end, Randy Bethel. He is that father of current Hurricanes defensive tackle Pat Bethel. Pat is expected to be a starter this season. Harvey is learning a lot from him.

    "“After my first day (in the weight room), as soon as I went home I went to sleep…I woke up and went to sleep again.I’m getting used to it now but that first week, I was getting worked. It’s fast-paced. (Bethel) works you. He makes you the best you can be.I feel like I’m going to be able to do a lot more this year, especially with Coach Bethel coaching the D-Line.”"

    Despite his three-star status, Harvey has the kind of versatility that Manny Diaz likes in his defensive linemen.

    Harvey’s ability to cover would give Diaz the option of dropping him and then bringing up a linebacker or defensive back. That will play well with the striker position introduced this spring.

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    Miami incoming Freshman defensive lineman Greg Rousseau was also a three-star recruit. He made a huge impact this Spring. Before he’s played in an official game Rousseau showed he could make an impact this fall. The 6’6 defensive end had nine sacks in three scrimmages this spring.