AUBURN, Ala. — Not all of Auburn’s recruits visiting this weekend are high school prospects. In fact, perhaps the most immediately important visitor was originally a member of the Class of 2014.
Texas A&M defensive back Nick Harvey is on the Plains for an official visit.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound cornerback announced on March 12 he intended to grad transfer from College Station. Harvey is taking his official visit to Auburn this weekend. The Richmond, Texas, native was at South Carolina two weeks ago.
Harvey’s decision to grad transfer comes after missing the entire 2017 season after an offseason knee surgery. During his time with the Aggies, he played in 38 of 39 games, including 12 starts in 2016 that accrued 10 pass breakups.
In his decision to transfer, Harvey thanked his Aggie family and cited his intention to pursue further educational and football objectives.
“To Texas A&M University, I want to say thank you for giving me an opportunity to play college football and make my parents proud by receiving my Bachelor’s degree at such an amazing university,” Harvey wrote in a Twitter port. “In order for me to prepare for life after football, I have decided to pursue my Masters at another institution.”
Harvey’s visit points to a personnel conecern in the defensive backfield.
Auburn had already shifted wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene to the defensive side to provide depth. There are a lot of young bodies at safety who are going to be called upon early in their careers. Harvey is option No. 1 right now to fill those gaps in the 2018 season.
Coming out of high school, Harvey was a 4-star prospect from Fort Bend Travis High School. He was the No. 7-ranked cornerback and No. 60-ranked overall prospect in the Class of 2018.
Harvey spent most of his A-Day pregame chatting with defensive backs coach Greg Brown in the end zone.