Texas A&M Recruiting: Why Nick Harvey Is the Next Honey Badger

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu
Former LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" MathieuChris Graythen/Getty Images

The Texas A&M football coaches are going to sign an elite recruiting class on signing day. Nick Harvey may be the most dangerous player in the class, and will have an impact at A&M similar to what Tyrann Mathieu did at LSU. 

Before Johnny Manziel took over college football, the "Honey Badger" was all the rage. Tyrann Mathieu, nicknamed the "honey badger" because of his haircut, rose to national prominence during LSU's 2011 SEC championship season.  

Mathieu excelled at making the one or two game-changing plays that were the difference between winning and losing. During his career at LSU he forced 11 fumbles, recovered eight fumbles and averaged 15.6 yards per punt return with two touchdowns. 

Mathieu was dangerous with the ball in his hands, and had a knack for coming up with a big play right when the Tigers needed it. Harvey has that kind of potential for A&M. 

Harvey is a 5'9", 175-pound athlete from Richmond, Texas. He is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 13 recruit in Texas by 247sports.com. 

Mathieu and Harvey have similar builds. Both are short for cornerback at 5'9" but have thick, powerful bodies that make them very physical tacklers. They are both dangerous with the ball in their hands because they are hard to bring down. 

Harvey has been a star since he stepped on a high school field as a freshman. He played quarterback and defensive back as a freshman at Lancaster High School.

He passed for 524 yards with three touchdowns while rushing for 665 yards and five touchdowns. Harvey added an interception returned 35 yards for a touchdown on defense. 

As a sophomore Harvey passed for 336 yards, rushed for 234 yards and had 41 yards receiving. He accounted for eight total touchdowns. 

Harvey's junior season was when he became a household name in recruiting circles. He played offense and defense and helped lead Lancaster to a 14-2 record and the Texas 4A state finals

Harvey averaged almost 11 yards per carry while rushing for 788 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. He led Lancaster with 59 receptions for 842 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense Harvey registered 55 tackles and seven interceptions. 

Before his senior season, Harvey transferred from Lancaster to Travis High School in Richmond, Texas. He passed for 531 yards, rushed for 364 yards and caught 26 passes for 283 yards as a senior. Harvey scored 22 total touchdowns on offense in 2013. 

Harvey has the ability to be an impact player in college on offense and defense. He will start off playing cornerback for the Aggies but do not be surprised if head coach Kevin Sumlin finds a way to get him some snaps on offense. 

Harvey played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and punter in 2013. He is one of the more multitalented players in the state of Texas. 

Harvey also ran track in high school. As a sophomore he ran the 100-meter sprint in 10.9 seconds, and long jumped 22'1." He is simply an elite athlete.

The Aggies have many elite recruits in the 2014 class, but none of them have the ability to affect all three phases of the game like Harvey. He could be the player to put the Aggies over the top and lead them to an SEC championship.