Miami is wrapping up the spring in style on the recruiting trail. The Hurricanes landed their fifth commitment since the start of June on Wednesday when 3-star weakside defensive end Jahfari Harvey announced his pledge to Miami.
The defensive lineman from Vero Beach (Fla.) High School announced his decision in a first-person essay with Treasure Coast Newspapers.
— fari👹 (@jahfariharvey) June 20, 2018
The in-state prospect is one of the Hurricanes’ best scouting victories of the 2019 cycle so far. Miami was only the second school from a Power 5 conference to offer Harvey when it extended the bid Jan. 29. Even now, Harvey claims a ranking only from 247Sports.com: He remains unranked by Rivals.com and ESPN.
The Hurricanes never let up the pressure, though. Harvey visited Coral Gables, Fla., for the first time March 24 for a junior day. He then returned to campus Saturday for Miami Nights, an invitation-only recruiting event for the Hurricanes’ top targets and commits.
“I just felt like I fit in with them,” Harvey told DieHards. “It felt like home.”
However, interest has steadily built for the defensive end throughout 2019. Harvey now claims more than 20 offers and picked Miami despite growing interest. Harvey picked the Hurricanes from a final group, which also included North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Michigan. The senior is only the third defensive end to join the Hurricanes’ Class of 2019 and only the second who seems guaranteed to stay on the edge.
Finding help on the defensive line is a priority for the Miami this cycle after it failed to sign a single blue-chip defensive end in the Class of 2018. Harvey joins 3-star weakside defensive end Cameron Williams (Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna Prep) as likely defensive ends in this class. Miami also secured a commitment this month from Jason Munoz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas), although the 3-star strongside defensive end likely ends up at defensive tackle. The Hurricanes also hold a commitment from 3-star defensive tackle Denzel Daxon (Miami Doral Academy).
Harvey is a 6-foot-3, 224-pound edge rusher who has played plenty of outside linebacker in the past. His skills as a pass rusher, however, fit best as a defensive end in Miami’s 4-3 defense. Harvey spent his junior season at John Carroll Catholic High School in Fort Pierce, Fla., where he totaled 91 tackles and 12 sacks. He scored a pair of defensive touchdowns, according to Treasure Coast Newspapers.
Harvey follows 4-star athlete Te’Cory Couch as the Hurricanes’ second commitment since Saturday. The under-the-radar prospect’s pledge lifts Miami back into the top 5 of the 247Sports composite team rankings. The Hurricanes trail only Clemson among ACC programs. The Tigers are No. 4 overall.