Monday, April 22, 2013
ESPN 150 ATH Harvey getting comfortable
By Sam Khan Jr.
RICHMOND, Texas -- The first few weeks away from home weren't easy for Nick Harvey. The desire to be back in familiar surroundings in the Dallas area, with his Lancaster (Texas) High School teammates, was strong.
Slowly, but surely, the ESPN 150 athlete is getting comfortable in his new surroundings. With track season winding down and spring football about to get cranked up at Harvey's new home, Richmond (Texas) Travis High, he's smiling more, laughing more and building a bond with the teammates he'll suit up with this fall.
Aggies commit Nick Harvey, who is No. 97 in the ESPN 150, says Texas A&M feels like a home away from home.
"I'm feeling better," said Harvey, a Texas A&M commitment. "Everything's going good school-wise. They're slowly becoming my brothers and the coaches are pretty cool so everything is going good."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound playmaker has been busy running track with several teammates that also play football, like him. This fall, he'll play a multitude of roles for Travis, where he has been since moving to the area with his family in January.
"Most of the people on the track team, they play football, so it's actually given me a chance to get closer to them and have fun with them," Harvey said.
He still hasn't forgotten his previous school or teammates -- he wore Lancaster-colored socks for a recent track meet -- but the adjustment is becoming easier by the day.
Things have also been busy off the field for Harvey. As one of the state's best players, schools haven't been shy about continuing to recruit Harvey. Texas is one of those schools, and when Harvey was in Austin, Texas, earlier this month with his track teammates for the Texas Relays track meet, he was able to check out the football team and its spring game.
Some wondered if that might affect how he feels about Texas A&M. He said it didn't.
"It was pretty good but it didn't really change nothing," Harvey said.
Fending off other suitors hasn't been easy, Harvey said.
"It's kind of hard but I'm getting used to it," Harvey said. "I know what to say and how to say it and it's kind of hard."
Many of the positive feelings Harvey felt when he initially committed to Texas A&M came flooding back recently when he made the trek to College Station, Texas for the Aggies' Maroon-and-White spring game. He got to see a large crowd, visit with the coaches and bond with the other recruits on campus.
"Every time I go down there, it feels like home more," Harvey said. "The coaches are still on me and still trying to make sure I'm solid and they're actually trying to get me to recruit some other people."
One of those that Harvey tried to sway to Aggieland shortly after his trip was ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams, who visited that same weekend. Harvey gave Adams a little nudge on Twitter the day after the spring game.
"It was good seeing him," Harvey said. "I actually think we're No. 1 on his list. I don't know, but I hope we are and I'm hoping we can get him."
Harvey was thrilled to see the crowd on hand at Kyle Field on April 13.
"For a spring game that's great," Harvey said. "That shows a lot. It shows that the fans are behind them through everything, just to come to a spring game and have 45,000 there, it's crazy."
For now, Harvey -- the No. 97 player in the ESPN 150 -- says he's still solid with the Aggies. His focus in the coming weeks with spring football approaching is to simply get better.
"I'm still trying to get faster and when football comes I'm going to try to get better at everything I do so my game can go to another level, more than what I did last year," Harvey said. "I want to be better than what I was last year."