Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 14 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and three others taking place at the same venue, on Jan. 18 and on Jan. 25, also a spring edition of the action on May 17.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps now it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Pressley Harvin from Sumter (SC) takes center stage now. As a member of the Class of 2017, he first opened up eyes with four punts for an average of 49 yards, each seemingly longer than the one before, as Grey defeated Blue, 27-7, at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
There was no shortage of talent during the recruiting cycle, as other nationwide game participants included Missouri commit Larry Borom, Washington State commit Abraham Lucas, Texas Tech commit Kaylon Geiger and Colorado State commit Ryan Stonehouse.
Nothing has changed since. Harvin still has the attention of many. Only nowadays, the 6-foot and 250-pound senior specialist is making his mark over at Georgia Tech. He’ll be in uniform, of course, against third-ranked Clemson on Oct. 17 in an ACC game at 12 p.m. (EST).
This season, in the third game, he averaged 51 yards per punt, with three inside the 20-yard line and a 70-yarder in a 49-21 nonconference loss against Central Florida. For an encore, Harvin averaged more than 51 yards per punt two other times, against Boston College and Pitt.
A product of Kohl’s Kicking, with Jamie Kohl leading the way, and an attentive understudy of Anthony Giugliano, he earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore and freshman with the Yellow Jackets. He’s the favorite to win the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter.
In terms of the future, it would not come as a major surprise to see him invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. His name could be called during the NFL Draft, too. Funny, and just yesterday it seems, Harvin was booming balls at the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida.