FORT BEND TRAVIS
FORT BEND TRAVIS COACH RANDY CUNNINGHAM MUST have been ecstatic when he received the news that Texas A&M commit Nick Harvey will be joining his team for the star safety’s enior season.
On the heels of a 10-2 season, Fort Bend Travis only figures to improve
with Harvey calling the signals at the free safety position. Harvey decided
to transfer from Lancaster after one of his parents took a job in the Houston area. The move to Houston will bring one of the top defensive backs in
the state to a defense that ranked among the top teams in the Conference
5A Division 2 last season.
“I’m pretty much the quarterback of the defense,” Harvey says. “I know
every spot on the field so well I can teach someone any position. At free
safety, I can roam the field so well.”
Harvey recorded 55 tackles, 10 pass breakups and seven interceptions
for Lancaster last season. He has the talent to play on either side of the
ball in college. On offense, he caught 59 passes for 842 yards and nine
touchdowns. As a situational quarterback, he also accounted for more
than 1,000 combined rushing and passing yards passing and another
“I don’t really care where they play me, I just want to get better every
year,” Harvey says. “Since seventh grade, I’ve felt like nobody can stop me
on a football field.”
At 5-foot- 10, 175 pounds, Harvey may be better suited for cornerback
at the college level. He said he has yet to make a full commitment to
strength training as he continues to develop his speed.
“I lift, but I don’t want to overdo it,” Harvey says. “I work with my feet,
and I try to improve my hand placement for man coverage. The feet and
hands are the key to being a defensive back.”
With Harvey’s transfer to Fort Bend Travis this Fall and his prospective
enrollment at Texas A&M next year, he will have to learn two new defenses
in a span of 12 months.
“I can play in any defense,” Harvey says. “Whether it’s a 4-3, a 3-4, a
4-2-5, man, zone, cover 2, I’ll be the same player.”
WHEN DAVION HALL STEPPED ON A FOOTBALL FIELD for the first time at the youth-league level, his coaches directed him behind center to take snaps as the quarterback.
Over time, Hall has grown into the prototypical safety. In his junior
season at Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, the 6-foot- 3, 196-pound two-way
player emerged as his team’s defensive leader, organizing the secondary pre-snap.
One of the most highly recruited receivers in his class since his
freshman year, Hall has found it difficult to get as many looks as he’d
like in the offense, as opposing defenses have rolled the coverage
to his side for three seasons. As a result, he’s made his mark on
defense, jumping to the top of the lists of rankings for the top Texas
defensive backs due to his ability to see plays develop in the backfield, explode to the ball, wrap, and tackle.
“I think my height helps me see over the line of scrimmage,” Hall
says. “I can read the quarterback’s eyes, or I can see a running back
make a cut behind the taller players on the line. Nobody thinks of be-
ing tall as [an advantage] on defense, but as long as you have speed,
it can only help.”
Seeing as though Hall presents a size mismatch against nearly ev-
ery high school team, the Liberty-Eylau coaching staff found creative
ways to get him touches on offense. He had 29 carries for 340 yards
and seven touchdowns in addition to 12 catches for 315 yards and
three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
A three-sport (football, basketball, track) standout, Hall has had
very little time to add bulk to his frame throughout his high school
career. He would like to add 20 pounds of muscle in college, increasing his weight to 215 pounds. Hall’s thin frame does not seem to have
scared off college recruiters. Despite the fact that he committed to
Baylor last February, he has been offered eight more scholarships
from Division 1 schools since. For now, Hall knows his ticket to success is his speed.
“I don’t do much for football in the offseason right now, just track
practice,” Hall says. “I keep running, make sure everything is good.
I’ll probably be doing more footwork drills.”
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