Mount Dora quarterback Vegas Harley's athletic skills were on display for all to see last football season. His arm and his feet accounted for almost 3,100 yards of offense and 29 touchdowns — 1,261 passing yards and 14 TDs and 1,837 rushing yards and 1t TDs on 208 carries.
Now, college coaches want to see more.
Wednesday, the third day of spring football drills, was a busy day for college coaches. Six schools had coaches watching Harley, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, with an above average arm and excellent speed.
"They just walk around during practice with coach and watch me and see what I can show them," Harley said. "I just go about my practice and play the game of football and do what I love doing. I don't think about them being there. If you think about them being there and try to impress them, that is when you mess up."
Chad Grabowski, Mount Dora's football coach, said Mount Dora has been a frequent stop for college coaches during the first three days of practice. In addition to the six coaches who were there Wednesday, a couple of other schools were out earlier in the week, including Georgia Southern and UCF. Iowa State plans to come out in the next week.
"They are coming out watching practice and getting transcripts," Grabowski said. "They are all pretty much giving him a chance to play quarterback. They like his arm. Georgia Tech really likes his speed. They run the option, so they aren't as concerned about his throwing ability."
Among the schools who were in town Wednesday included Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, Washington State, Memphis and Charleston Southern.
Although Harley would like to have the opportunity to play quarterback in college, he said it won't be a deal-breaker if a school wants him to play another position.
"I would love to be able to play QB, but I am going to go somewhere I feel comfortable," Harley said. "I would say the most important thing to me is going to be the coaches. They are going to be like father figures to me for the next four years. I am going to be learning from these men."
Harley, who is No. 11 on the Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super60 rankings, completed just over 50 percent of his passes last season (81-of-159), was the Lake County offensive player of the year and was a first-team All-Central Florida selection. He also has 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash.
"It's just starting with six schools coming through today and it is only the spring," Grabowski said. "The colleges really like his athleticism — his ability to make plays on offense. A lot of the schools are going to give him the opportunity to play quarterback. A lot are looking to go to the spread offense and they are looking for someone with good feet.
Florida has told him they want him to come up to a camp this summer where they can work him out at several positions, quarterback, receiver and defensive back."
Among the schools who already have extended offers to him are Florida International, Georgia Southern, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, South Florida and Washington State.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun