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'05 PA WR David Harvey (Akron verbal)


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David Harvey
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175 40: 4.4
Position: WR
Projected as: WR
Position Rank: NR
Class: 2005 Senior
High School: Penn Hills SHS
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Gifted athlete can play either WR or DB on the next level. One of PA's top players. Also returns and is a holder.

Harvey was Anthony Morelli's top target last year. As a junior he caught 46 passes for 797 yards and 7 touchdowns. Harvey holds offers from Iowa, Penn St., Pitt, scUM St., West Virginia and recently scUM has offered and currently lead for his services. Both Rivals and The Insiders list Ohio State as one of his favorites. Harvey also was a starter on the Penn Hills basketball team that won the state title last year.
free insiders article on Harvey

Penn Hills wide-receiver David Harvey has attracted the attention of many schools this spring. Find out why he's being looked at so hard by most of the schools in the Big10, ACC and New Big East.

In March, Pittsburgh, Pa. Penn Hills High School won the PIAA Class AAAA state basketball championship. David Harvey played a starring role in that game.

After that game, Penn Hills basketball coach Jim Rocco was glowing in his description of Harvey's value to the Indians two highly successful sports programs.

"David is the best big-play guy on the football team," Rocco said. "And you know what, he's the best big-play guy on our basketball team as well. He just has a knack for hitting big home runs in both sports. Just big, big plays constantly. That's the kind of athlete he is. He can drive you crazy because occasionally he'll strike out, but without his home runs we're not state champions.

"We want him to be active for 32 minutes because when he's active, great things happen for us."

I caught up with Penn Hills football coach Neil Gordon to ask about Harvey’s pigskin exploits.

“David is a 6-1 180lbs. WR who had 45 catches for 756 yards and 9 TD’s as Anthony Morelli’s main pass target. He played cornerback for us, was the holder on PAT’s, the protector on punts, and he was our main return man on punts and kickoffs”.

When asked to describe what kind of athlete David is, Coach Gordon was quick to respond, “Phenomenal! David is one of the best athletes to ever come thru here. He’s bigtime D1”!

I did not have a lot of time to talk with coach Gordon, but I did find out that David will be attending the Penn State Nike Camp on May 15th before deciding which summer camps he’ll attend.

When asked about college recruiting, coach Gordon told me, “David is getting mail from 25 schools right now”. Coach Gordon was not real specific on which schools were among that group, but he did mention Penn State and Pitt being heavily involved with Harvey.

Coach Gordon did not mention any schools as having offered just yet, but he feels some are very close to offering this spring.

Does David Harvey have a favorite?

“Right now he’s open to all schools”.


Considered one of the best football players in Western Pennsylvania, David Harvey, a 6'1", 180 lb., 4.4/40 wide receiver from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills), PA is getting a lot of interest from a variety of programs around the Eastern United States. David is the former teammate of incoming Nittany Lion quarterback and high school All-American Anthony Morelli.

A favorite target of Anthony's while they played together at Penn Hills, David has a fantastic package for a wideout, boasting excellent quickness, agility, speed and hands. He also has the ability to pull in passes from the cannon Anthony has attached to his shoulder. With wide receiver being a priority for Penn State in the Class of 2009 the Nittany Lions have their best recruiter of Western Pennsylvania on the case in Coach Tom Bradley.
According to reports, David (left, Pittsburgh Tribune Review) has an offer from Penn State which he received about two weeks ago and apparently is showing significant interest in the Nittany Lions. The prospect of teaming up with his former air attack partner is also apparently intriguing to the young wideout. He would also be joining former teammate Joe Prokopik, who played tight end for Penn Hills and is an invited walk-on for PSU in the Class of 2008.

Aside from Penn State, David is also getting pursued by programs like Pitt, Virginia, Michigan, and Michigan State. The interest in him also appears to be increasing, with schools like Ohio State and West Virginia reportedly entering the chase. He was honored as a national top 50 wide receiver selection from Fab50 Recruiting and is an Emfinger 4-star prospect. His 867 yards in 2002 earned him a PFN Keystone Club selection as well.

David is also an outstanding basketball player and led Penn Hills to the PIAA Class AAAA Championship. It was their first PIAA basketball title and only the second time a WPIAL team has claimed the PIAA Class AAAA title. His style on the court is similar to on the football field - fast and aggressive.

David's basketball coach, Jim Rocco, talked about his impact on both the gridiron and hardwood, saying, "David is the best big-play guy on the football team, and you know what, he's the best big-play guy on our basketball team as well. He just has a knack for hitting big home runs in both sports."

Nutty- doesn't sound like tOSU has been too active recruiting him- maybe if he comes to summer camp things could change- scUM seems to have leaped to the front of the pack with their offer plus you have to think the Morelli connection puts PSU in the running

Who knows? Daniels worked some magic last year in W. PA maybe he can again this year

picture of him playing BBALL- on the right

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Buckskin86 said:
Nutty- doesn't sound like tOSU has been too active recruiting him- maybe if he comes to summer camp things could change- scUM seems to have leaped to the front of the pack with their offer plus you have to think the Morelli connection puts PSU in the running

Who knows? Daniels worked some magic last year in W. PA maybe he can again this year

According to today's Rivals update Harvey's coach mentioned Ohio State as being one of the schools that is going to be offering Harvey in the near future. It sure would be nice to build on last year's success in PA.
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Tresselbeliever said:
Insiders.com says he could have been a five star player had he camped. But Marshcreek was not so high on him. I say we just offer him since he could be the next Breaston.
If this kid is that good but Marsh isn't very high on him, that leads me to believe that Penn St. isn't in very good standing.
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Versatile Harvey might have to do it all for Penn Hills
Friday, August 13, 2004

By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Harvey is slated to be Penn Hills' best punter. But in practice earlier this week, coaches looked at players for the long snapper job. Harvey tried it, and the coaches agreed he was the best by far.

This presents a problem for Penn Hills because Harvey obviously can't play two positions at the same time. Or can he? Harvey is so fast, maybe he could snap the ball and be the punter.

Go ahead and laugh. But Harvey's speed and quickness is no joke. A 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, Harvey runs the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds.

"The kid is a gifted athlete," coach Neil Gordon said. "He does so many things. [Assistant coach John] Fischetti was wondering if he knows how to bake, too."

The best thing Harvey does is play receiver. Some scouting services rank him among the best in the country. He is ranked No. 18 by theinsiders.com and rivals100.com has him at No. 23.

"He's a great holder, for extra points, too," Gordon said. "I have no problem with him being a long snapper for us this year except that I'd like to get him off the field every once in a while in a game."

Harvey also returns punts and kickoffs and plays cornerback on defense.

"He has a great up-the-field burst of speed," said Joe Butler of Metro Index Scouting. "Plus, he can play so many places in the future -- receiver, cornerback, even safety."

Gordon said, "He can play anywhere, but he sure looks like a receiver in the future to me."

Harvey moved from Homewood to Penn Hills as a freshman and was a starting receiver as a sophomore. He was the favorite receiver of quarterback Anthony Morelli -- and the two were big-play masters. Last season, Harvey caught 35 passes and averaged 18.7 yards per reception. As a sophomore, he had 25 receptions and averaged 34.7 yards.

But Morelli graduated and is at Penn State. The main question now is will Harvey see the ball? Even with Morelli, Penn Hills didn't throw much. This season, the Indians aren't sure of a starting quarterback -- and the first game is only two weeks away.

Chad Parker, a 6-4 junior, and Brian Moore, a 5-10 senior, are vying for the quarterback job. Parker virtually has no experience. Moore played some at Central Catholic before transferring to Penn Hills after his sophomore season.

"Neither one is a centimeter ahead of the other one," Gordon said. "I hope we can get Harvey the ball. I'm sure we have to have somebody who can at least throw it up in the air and let him go get it."

Harvey seems to understand why a plethora of passes might not come his way this season. Besides the inexperience at quarterback, Penn Hills has two excellent running backs in Ed Collington and Ken Lewis, although Collington is out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder and Lewis has been slowed with a hamstring injury.

"I guess people think I should get the ball more, but coach knows what he's doing. We made the semifinals the last two years," said Harvey, who also was a starting guard on Penn Hills' PIAA championship basketball team.

Harvey apparently doesn't have to prove himself to college football recruiters. He has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Akron. Harvey was expecting a scholarship offer from Michigan, but two other receivers made verbal commitments to the Wolverines and they are no longer recruiting him.

"Michigan was my favorite team. I liked them since I was little," Harvey said. "Probably Penn State and West Virginia are my top two schools now."

Gordon said, "There can still be great receivers on teams that don't throw the ball that much."

Count David Harvey among them.
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Standout receiver Harvey opens up Penn Hill's offense

By Ryan Buncher
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Penn Hills adopted the approach as last season went on -- if wide receiver David Harvey is single covered, he gets the ball no matter what.
Not that he wasn't getting the ball even when he drew double-teams.

"David opens things up unbelievably," Penn Hills running back Ed Collington said. "He's amazing. I've seen teams double and triple him. I've seen him beat the triple coverages. If you're not on the top of your game, forget it. You're not going to stop him."

Harvey blends good size at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds with a 4.37 40-yard dash and a knack for finding openings no matter what the defense throws at him, as well as making plays after the catch.

"He's obviously a threat returning punts and kickoffs," Penn Hills coach Neil Gordon said. "Talent-wise, at the receiver position, he's as good as any I've had. I've had some good ones, but David is the special kind of athlete who can go get the ball and he can get open. He knows how to run his routes. He knows how to block off defenders. He's got great hands. He's a Division I receiver."

Part of that is an approach to the game, built through playing since he was six years old.

"He's one of those kids from the time that you were out playing until your mom told you to come home," Gordon said. "He just knows the tricks of the game. There is a knack for doing things like that."

Harvey draws more attention than just college coaches. Just ask the opposing coaches and players."

"He's very athletic," Central Catholic coach Art Walker said. "He's got to be the top receiver prospect around. He looks like he's gotten bigger. He's definitely a weapon."

Harvey realizes what effect he has on opposing teams by watching how defensive backs play him.

"I guess because I'm so fast, they are scared to play me up," Harvey said. "They play so far back. That messes them up, too, because I can get the ball quick. I'm hard to tackle. I don't know why, because I'm so little."

Harvey is a versatile athlete, which showed as a starting guard on Penn Hills' PIAA Quad A championship team last winter. He finished last season as a starting cornerback. Gordon hopes to avoid using him there, but that could be tough with Kenny Lewis battling hamstring problems.

Injuries will play a key role in Harvey's role. The Indians entered camp looking like a predominantly running team, with Ed Collington and Lewis returning behind a veteran offensive line, and Anthony Morelli's replacement at quarterback uncertain.

Now, Collington is out indefinitely with a separated shoulder, and guard David Fitzhenry has a concussion. With Lewis also hurting, the Indians might need to call on Harvey more, assuming he is sufficiently recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of the first scrimmage.

"(Last year), if he was double-covered, we had an extra man in the box to be able to run," Gordon said. "Harvey will be very valuable to us whether his stats are impressive or not. He is going to draw major attention."

David Harvey
School: Penn Hills
Class: Senior
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175 pounds
Positions: Wide receiver/defensive back
40 time: 4.37 seconds

College: Harvey has scholarship offers from Akron, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Joe Butler's Metro Index scouting report: "One of the best athletes in Western Pennsylvania. Great up-field quickness. Can play cornerback because he turns his hips so well. Will go after the ball. He's got to develop some consistency, but he's got unbelievable talent."
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