Land of 10 has embarked on a series of “Next Generation” articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the class of 2017 signees. Michigan State reporter Luke Srodulski has hit the road to visit this year’s incoming class of freshmen and give you an inside look past Hudl highlights and head shots. Here’s a preview of what will be the fifth installment, this time focused on Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.) outside linebacker Noah Harvey.
HARTLAND, Wis. — Noah Harvey doesn’t feel like a grayshirt athlete anymore.
The Michigan State signee has had that label lifted. Rather than paying his way through his first semester, he found out a month after National Signing Day that he would be on a full-ride scholarship from day one.
Regardless of that status, though, he doesn’t want to lose the underdog mentality that came before it.
“I feel like I’m a guy on full ride,” he said, “but I’m still coming in with a chip on my shoulder.”
His father, Chuck, chimed in. “Angry Noah plays way better than passive Noah.”
Angry Noah. That might be the nickname that sticks, if not his high school nickname, Sev, or one Facebook commenter’s suggestion, #NastyNoahHarvey. It doesn’t matter to him.
Harvey just needs a source of anger and he’ll be good. Wisconsin didn’t offer more than a preferred walk-on spot, even though he’s the top-ranked linebacker in the state per the 247Sports composite. Iowa teased the possibility of a scholarship, but it never came.
Angry Noah won’t soon forget. Schools came in with late interest but waited and waited to see where other targets decided to go first.
“It kind of pissed me off,” Harvey said. “I haven’t changed. I’ve been the same. It kind of made me feel like I was the second option since other kids weren’t coming through.”
Michigan State isn’t exempt from that anger. Harvey has let the coaches know that he wasn’t thrilled with how the recruiting process went down. That doesn’t mean they have a bad relationship or that he won’t be coachable. It just means he’ll come in with something to prove. And the coaches like that.
Harvey isn’t your typical recruit. He didn’t see college football in the cards until he was well into high school. And now that he’s headed for it, he won’t approach it like many others either.
If he plays as a freshman, great. If not, he’ll be thrilled to get four years for undergrad and a fifth for graduate school. He didn’t choose Michigan State for instant gratification.
After all, Harvey knows very little about instant gratification from the recruiting process. He waited and waited, and even when he committed to Michigan State, it came with a catch. But all the frustration appears to have been worth it.
“In the end,” he said, “I ended up in the right spot.”
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