FORT MYERS – In a Class 6A region final at Ft. Myers in November, freshman safety Jeremiah Harvey played huge for Charlotte in a double-overtime win to advance to states.
The Fightin’ Tarpons lost to eventual state champion Miami Carol City in the semifinal the following week, but that region final was something special for Harvey and his group.
Charlotte won that game on a touchdown by D’Vonte Price (story here). The senior took a wildcat snap 10 yards into the endzone for the game-winning score. But prior to that, it was Harvey and the defense that really set the tone.
The Tarpons held Ft. Myers to no points in the second half, allowing 66 total yards while forcing five punts. Harvey had a couple of pass deflections including one in the back of the endzone.
The 5’10”, 160-pound 2020 prospect admitted that he was nervous in the beginning of the season.
“It wasn’t Pop Warner anymore, it was grown men football,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “Now, I’m relaxed because I know what I can do.”
Overall, Harvey called his freshman year great.
“To get all the experience I got and having great players around me helped me learn everything I need to to be successful,” he said. “I wasn’t always a starter but coach Waldrop just kept telling me to not be a freshman and go out there and make plays.”
Playing under longtime Charlotte head coach Binky Waldrop, Harvey impressed all season long. The confidence is there with this kid. Even though the team will be losing a good portion of their team which includes 24 seniors.
Harvey called playing for coach Waldrop something special.
“He wants you to be not only a great football player but a great man in life,” Harvey said. “He treats everyone like you were his own.”
Starting his football career at age 6, Harvey says he found his confidence this past year in practice.
He finished the season with 15 tackles and an interception on defense. Offensively, he rushed two times for 19 yards and also took back two punt returns for 19 yards.
“Competing with great players every day in practice helped me a lot,” Harvey said. “I played wideout, running back, linebacker, corner and safety. I’d like to play both safety and corner here.”
The versatility is there with this kid. He says his biggest strength is his tackling ability. Harvey admitted that tackling is a lot of fun.
His two biggest role models are his parents. Harvey says without them that anything he’s done or will do isn’t possible. They are his strongest support system.
No offers or interest have come for Harvey, but there’s no doubt they will. After settling in and working his way into a full-time role this upcoming season, college programs are going to take notice in his scrappy play.
Harvey’s goal is to make it to the NFL.
“I would like to attend LSU or Florida,” he said. “That’s a long way from now but that’s what I hope to do.”
Entering his second varsity season, I expect Harvey to become even more comfortable on the back end. He’ll be used as a reliable chess piece for Charlotte and I think he’ll benefit from more playing time.
Harvey is a 2020 prospect to monitor. As long as he continues to get stronger in the weight room, then he’ll develop into a very solid player. He has the speed to cover all types of different athletes.
Spring game: The Tarpons will play Palmetto Ridge
Favorite players to watch – Redskins CB Josh Norman and Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
Playlist before games – Archie Eversole “We Ready” and Yoda “We Too Deep”
Favorite TV shows – ESPN
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I’m like any other teenage kid, I play a lot of video games. I like working on my craft.”
Nickname (s) from teammates or friends – “Jap”
Note: His brother Nycarion also known as Ny, a 2018 athlete for Charlotte calls Jeremiah the nickname above “Jap.” Jeremiah says it stuck with the rest of the skill group even though no one knows what it means.
Game film: Harvey’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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