Monday, February 18, 2013

Josh Harvey-Clemons vs the prophecy of "#1 player"

This look back at the recent history of Georgia's top high school player by Ching is a subscription link, but also an ominous look into the histories of players like Crowell, Josh Jarboe, Greg Reid, and Marcus Ball. Other than Eric Berry it is certainly not welcome company.

And any way too early prognostication as to Nkemdiche's impact in Oxford aside (should be noted that most of the busts have endured self-inflicted wounds), Harvey-Clemons' only obstacle may be something he can't control - his size.

He can be a safety or an Alec Ogletree type hybrid linebacker. We've talked before about the coaches' differing views. This season Harvey-Clemons played sparingly, but at Grantham's "star" position. Still, it was special teams where he had the only real impact as a freshman. Going forward though, the aim should be much higher.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Georgia: Perhaps Harvey-Clemons’ quiet 2012 season was a step in the right direction for the No. 1 prospects from the Peach State considering his predecessors’ histories. Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) contributed mostly on special teams for the Eastern Division champions, totaling 14 tackles and one tackle for a loss. However, now that 12 key defensive players from last season have completed their college careers, Harvey-Clemons is in line to play a key role for the Bulldogs this fall -- with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham recently calling him “one of the best players we have.”