Thursday, February 21, 2013
TAMU commit Harvey adjusting to change
By Sam Khan Jr.
Change is seldom easy, particularly for teenagers. Nick Harvey is learning this first hand.
This semester, the ESPN Watch List athlete and 2014 Texas A&M commitment is adjusting to a new classmates, a new school, new surroundings and a new home. After spending the 2012 season on a magical ride to the Texas Class 4A Division II championship game with his teammates at Lancaster (Texas) High School, which is just south of Dallas, Harvey now finds himself in the Greater Houston area at Richmond (Texas) Travis High School.
Aggies commit Nick Harvey said he chose Texas A&M because he wants to play in the SEC.
He's not unfamiliar with the region, which he and his family relocated to after his father accepted a job in the area. That doesn't mean it has been easy, particularly after such a memorable experience.
"My family is originally from down here, so I kind of know [the area] well," Harvey said. "I didn't want to leave my friends, my teammates, my coaches and my teachers, but life goes on. So I've got to do what I've got to do."
Travis has welcomed Harvey with open arms, from head coach Randy Cunningham and his staff to the other players on the roster.
"They welcomed me very well," Harvey said. "The team has taken me in as another brother. The coaches are very cool and I like them. I think we're going to do big things next year."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect played a multitude of roles at Lancaster. He said that the initial plan for him this fall is to play both receiver and defensive back, something he said the Aggies are open to trying as well.
When reflecting on Lancaster's 14-2 season that ended in a loss to Cedar Park (Texas) High School in the state title game, Harvey said it took a total team commitment to get there.
"Our team came together as a family," Harvey said. "Every time you saw one of us, you always saw another one of us. So we came together as a family, everybody committed to it and in the summer, everything got better.
"On the run, we knew there was going to be some adversity, because people always talked about adversity and that we had to fight through it. We always fought through it in every game. Getting to the state championship was our main goal. We wanted to do it but we came up short [of winning state] but those things happen."
As for his commitment to the Aggies, he remains solid. Calls and visit invites continue to come in, but Harvey said he's committed and doesn't plan to change that. He'll have the chance to reunite with Lancaster teammate Daeshon Hall, a four-star defensive end who signed with the Aggies on Feb. 6 after being committed to Washington.
There were several reasons Harvey originally chose the Aggies.
"I liked the campus," he said. "I see national championships coming in there in the next few years. It's an SEC team. I wanted to play in the SEC. I didn't make that as big as it was, but I wanted to play in the SEC."
Harvey, who committed to the Aggies in November, said he still thinks about what it would be like to go back to Lancaster and that things haven't fully set in. He said he intends to continue working hard and dealing with the change, and hopefully, he'll learn something from it to prepare him for college.
"[This can teach me] how to adapt to new things in a short amount of time," Harvey said. "I'm going into my senior year and I'm going to have to eventually get new coaches [in college] so it's just teaching me a lot of things about life and how you have to change from one thing to another as quick as you can.
"I'm just going to keep working hard and after this change, I'm just going to have to let it pass. It's still not past me all the way. I've been wanting to go back. But at the same time, I've got to deal with it. Just keep working hard and it'll pay off in the end."