Texas Longhorns: Nick Harvey

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

January, 27, 2014
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As expected, this was one of the busiest weeks in the Big 12 from a recruiting standpoint. Teams were looking to fill in last-minute vacancies, and players were looking to finalize their college plans. TCU proved to be the big winner in the conference, landing six 2014 commits and two more commits from the 2015 class. Kansas wasn’t far behind, as the Jayhawks got verbal commitments from five three-star players for the 2014 class.

Here are some of this past week’s highlights:

Shifting power: Texas 

January, 23, 2014
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Texas A&M has gone through and overcome a major case of the “you can’ts.”

You can’t leave the Big 12 and compete in the SEC.

You can’t win with Kevin Sumlin, a coach off a successful stint at Houston in mid-major conference play.

You can’t outrecruit your archrival Texas. You can’t win. Period.

For every negative critique, Texas A&M has managed to silence the doubters. With everything positive that’s happened with the Aggies the last two seasons, this year’s recruiting class may be the biggest accolade next to winning back-to-back bowl games under Sumlin. With 21 commits – including 10 ESPN 300 players -- Texas A&M has the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, just behind Alabama.


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Commits, targets chime in on Texas win 

October, 13, 2013
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Talk about needing a victory for multiple reasons.

More than 92,000 fans watched Texas on Saturday not only beat archrival Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry but also temporarily silenced all of Mack Brown’s critics. When the game ended, there was no demand for Brown to call it quits as the Longhorns’ head coach at the end of the season. There was also no talk of Oklahoma’s seniors sweeping the rivalry through their four-year span.

All that was mentioned was the final score at the historic Cotton Bowl: Texas 36, Oklahoma 20. The Longhorns, considered major underdogs, grabbed a win that put them in first place Big 12, along with Texas Tech, at 3-0 -- a half-game ahead of Baylor and a full game ahead of Oklahoma.

It was a game that several recruiting targets had marked on their calendars. With 24 commits in its 2014 class, Texas doesn’t have much room to add players. However, the Longhorns are hoping to land one or two more elite athletes. Defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) and cornerback Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne), all ESPN 300 players, are still considering the Longhorns.

There’s plenty of room, however, in the 2015 class, and while the Longhorns already have eight commits -- all ESPN Junior 300 players -- they are looking to add more playmakers. One player on hand who was impressed was ESPN Junior 300 receiver DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), who currently has the Longhorns high on his list.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns have enjoyed a hot streak on the recruiting trail over the past week with four commitments since Thursday, including two on Saturday.

The commitment from tight end John Thomas (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) late Saturday night gave Texas 19 pledges for the 2014 class, which is four more than it had in the entire 2013 class.


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RICHMOND, Texas — The ongoing transition for ESPN 150 athlete Nick Harvey (Richmond, Texas/Travis) has been mostly positive.

After moving to the Houston-area with his family after a memorable run to the Class 4A Divison II state championship game last fall with Lancaster (Texas) High School, the spring semester has been about adjustments -- to new surroundings, new teammates, new friends, a new life.


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Tales from the Road: Texas 

May, 29, 2013
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Every Wednesday, HornsNation will take a look at Texas' week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.

This week’s targets: The Longhorns coaching staff spent plenty of time out in California last week with a particular interest in the crop of 2015 quarterbacks the state is producing. Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite stopped by to see touted pro-style passer Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), who is planning to visit Texas from June 11-13. He also visited with Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill), Josh Rosen (Beliflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and Jake Browning (Folsom, Calif./Folsom). Texas also stopped by Fort Bend Travis to watch Texas A&M commitment Nick Harvey.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- If all goes according to Texas’ plan in 2014, running backs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron will both return for their senior seasons and Johnathan Gray will be back for his junior campaign.

That’s a lot of ifs, though, which can doom a coaching staff if there isn't a sound backup plan.

The Longhorns have made significant strides toward establishing that plan with commitments from running backs Duke Catalon (Houston/Eisenhower) and Daniel Gresham (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints) in the Class of 2014.


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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.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNAggies 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."


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There is no telling when or whether the Longhorns and Aggies will resume their heated rivalry, for which Texas claims bragging rights, for now, with a win in the 118th meeting back in 2011.

While they might not be trading blows on the field, the battle waged on the recruiting trail is as heated as it has ever been.


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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We will now release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

In this week's edition of The Heard:

  • Aggies have company atop Mack’s list
  • Texas ‘a leader’ for 2015 RB
  • Bama commit wowed by Texas trip
  • Texas in good shape for Teuhemas
  • UT not out of it for Whitley, but what about Harvey?
  • 2015 RB uses non-offer as ammunition
  • Return trips to Austin reaffirms Joe’s choice

Read The Heard after the jump.


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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • Spring game comes at right time
  • Gators commitment will visit Texas
  • ESPN 100 G talks official visit
  • Visit an important one for Alaka
  • Louisiana DT making trip to Austin
  • Louisiana DT likes Longhorns
  • UT commit unwavered by OU offer
  • DB Johnson back for spring game

Read The Heard after the jump.


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DB report: A look at where Texas stands 

March, 6, 2013
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For months, you’ve been hearing about how the 2014 defensive backs class in Texas is flat-out loaded. It’s deep with top-end talent, both at cornerback and safety.

Texas has already offered scholarships to 10 defensive backs in 2014. None have become Longhorns, and three have already pledged elsewhere.

What are Texas' chances with the rest, and who’s out in front for them? Here’s a breakdown of where things stand entering March.


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If the state of Texas threw a sock hop for all of its universities, the Longhorns would be the popular student with the fancy, expensive attire that purposely arrived late to garner attention.

It'd turn heads, sure, but the buzz of the dance would be about that student with the flashy makeover (Texas A&M) who brought his hoity-toity friends one can tell aren’t from these parts (the rest of the SEC).

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Roundtable: Must-get 2014 recruits 

January, 4, 2013
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Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson will answer a question about the Longhorns.

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Damon Sayles/ESPNLewisville, Texas, safety Jamal Adams is a huge recruit for Texas in the 2014 class.
This week's question: Which 2014 recruit is a must-get for the Longhorns?

William Wilkerson: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron S Jamal Adams

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There is never a good week to lose in the playoffs, but taking an L this weekend would really sting.

The winner of each of these games will advance to play for their respective state championships next week at Cowboys Stadium. Here are four games that Longhorns fans should keep a particular eye on.

4A Region I semifinal | Denton Guyer vs. Tyler John Tyler

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