- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Texas A&M got some big news Monday morning when it scored a commitment from 2014 ESPN Watch List athlete Nick Harvey.
Harvey's pledge to the Aggies is about more than just landing a highly touted player from Lancaster (Texas) High School.
For starters, it's a continued sign of the momentum the Aggies are building in the state of Texas. Their first-year Southeastern Conference success is changing the way recruits view Texas A&M. The Aggies' most recent 2014 commitments, Harvey and Walker, each held offers from both Oklahoma and Texas at the time of their commitments to the Aggies.
Both of those programs have been destinations for top recruits and beating out both schools for a player isn't a common occurrence. Walker committed in late October.
This is also the start of what looks to be a strong secondary haul for the Aggies in 2014. Harvey is a likely cornerback and, like Collins, the Aggies' first 2014 commit, he's an ESPN Watch List member. The Aggies are also the current stated front-runner for the services of another ESPN Watch List 2014 defensive back, safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie).
Midlands recruiting coordinator Damon Sayles, who has seen Harvey play, offers this assessment on how Harvey could fit in position-wise:
"I think Harvey is that gifted to where he can play several spots. He can be used at cornerback or safety (most likely cornerback if he doesn't put on 10 or 15 pounds). He also can be used at slot receiver and possibly Wildcat quarterback. Harvey's elusiveness alone makes him very dangerous at offense or special teams."
The Aggies have already surprised and impressed many observers nationwide with their 10-2 debut in the SEC, which has them at No. 9 in the latest BCS rankings. The combination of that success, the energy injected into the program by head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff and the resources that Texas A&M already has is becoming a compelling package to sell to recruits in its home state and nationwide as the Aggies expand their recruiting footprint.
Harvey is the latest domino to fall. And with the Aggies leading the race for prospects such as Freeman and La Porte (Texas) High School linebacker Hoza Scott, there's little doubt that more will follow.
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