Percy HarvinHt/Wt: 5-11/180 lbs
Percy Harvin's Player ProfilePercy Harvin, the explosive Florida star from Landstown High School, has always done things in fast forward. It's no surprise then that, on Thursday, Harvin announced his blink-and-it's-over college career is done a year early.
Harvin will forgo his senior season - where he just helped the Gators win their second national title in his three years there - and opt for April's NFL draft.
Chris Beatty, Harvin's high school coach at Lands-town and now an assistant at West Virginia, said he wasn't surprised by the decision.
"To me, he could've come out last year if they would've let him," Beatty said. "I think he's ready. Everybody's got different situations, but when you're ready to go - because you don't have that many snaps in you - it's time to go. There's not much more he could've done at the college level."
Harvin capped his All-American career in last week's BCS national title game by sprinting past Oklahoma for 171 total yards and a touchdown.
Despite playing on an injured ankle, he had predicted his big night in a text message to Beatty before the game.
"He was talking about how it was prime time and how he always shows up in prime time," Beatty said. "And, of course, he does. He did."
The title game polished off a junior season in which he averaged 9.4 yards per carry, 16.1 yards per catch and totaled 1,304 yards of offense with 17 touchdowns. He scored at least one touchdown in each of his final 15 college games, the nation's longest active streak.
"When all is said and done, I wanted to win," Harvin said in a school-issued news release. "I wanted to be a part of championship teams. We did that at Florida."
In three seasons with the Gators, Harvin caught 133 passes for 1,929 yards and rushed 194 times for 1,852 yards. For his career, he averaged an astounding 11.6 yards every time he touched the ball and scored 32 touchdowns.
As a true freshman in 2006, Harvin was MVP of the SEC championship game and scored a touchdown in the Gators' first national championship game victory under coach Urban Meyer.
"Percy is the most dynamic player I've ever coached and can change the game on any given play," Meyer said. "He has the best first step I've ever seen, and his ability to plant his foot and go is unmatched."
Harvin's college success came as no surprise to many South Hampton Roads observers who witnessed the dynamic playmaker lead Landstown to three consecutive Group AAA state title games.
As a high school junior, Harvin racked up 476 all-purpose yards in the state championship game, scored 27 points in the state basketball final and won five events at the state track meet.
"After his sophomore year, I knew he was the best player in the country," Beatty said. "I was just talking to an NFL scout who was saying how there's Percy s peed, and then there's everybody else's speed."
Despite all the stats and ability, however, some NFL teams will have concerns about Harvin. He has missed time in each of his three college seasons with injuries, leading some scouts to consider him fragile.
Others wonder about what position will suit him at the next level, given his unique ability as both a runner and pass-catcher.
"He'll have to find a role, because you don't do all the stuff in the NFL that he did in high school and college with the direct snaps and moving back and forth from receiver to running back," Beatty said.
"A lot of it will depend on what system he ends up in. But the one thing I don't have to worry about is him competing. He's one of the most competitive guys I've ever known.
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