Lake Taylor WR/DB Javon Harvey signs his NLI for ODU (Photo: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Javon Harvey gives us a surprise with his commitment to ODU
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
National Signing Day saw three Titans ink their commitments.
Defensive end Corey Holloway committed to Division II Shepherd (WVA), lineman Tavion Copeland committed to Division II UNC-Pembroke (NC) and the headliner was DB/WR/KR Javon Harvey reaffirming his commitment to Old Dominion.
Harvey verbally committed to the Monarchs in the summer prior to his senior season, then pulled back on that commitment in order to test the market. Ultimately, the Monarchs and Harvey came together.
“It celebrates my success through my high school (career), but it also starts a new journey. It means a lot because I know my young guys look up to me. I demonstrate great leadership. I don’t just focus on football. I do the academic part too. I know I’m setting a great example for the young fellas,” Harvey said.
What does he take with him to Old Dominion?
“My heart. My toughness. Mentality. Everything Hank has put into me. A lot. I’m taking it all with me,” he explained.
Corey Holloway was a terror on the edge of Lake Taylor’s defensive line. Holloway may not have had the beefiness of a typical defensive lineman, but he more than made up with it in speed. He played on both sides of the ball and even made big contributions as a receiver in the Titans’ passing game.
“I have a feeling of accomplishment,” Holloway stated. “I made a great connection with the coaches (at Shepherd). I like the environment, the campus. That’s what made me choose Shepherd.”
“This means a lot to my parents. I’ve come a long way from getting in trouble in school to getting my act right. I’m now getting good grades in school, so it means a lot.”
A football program can’t succeed without the big boys on the line. Lake Taylor has had a ton of success, including a state championship game appearance last December. Tavion Copeland takes a successful track record to UNC-Pembroke.
“When I went on the campus visit, it felt like home. That’s what I wanted for the next four years of my life,” Copeland said. “My time at Lake Taylor was the best.”
National Signing Day is just the first day that high school seniors can make their college commitments outside of the early window in December. There are more seniors at Lake Taylor who have yet to commit, and we can expect to see those commitments roll out as the coming weeks unfold.
– Andy Hilton