By Brooks Tiffany, sports staff writer
Note: As part of the Collegiate Times’ coverage of Virginia Tech football, we’ll be breaking down the 2012 football roster every weekday until March 28 when the Hokies begin spring practice.
Weight: 287 pounds
Position: Defensive tackle
2012 Year: Redshirt-freshman
An All-America selection by SuperPrep, Harley was one of Virginia Tech’s top recruits in last year’s class. He was a four-star prospect and rated the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 3 overall player in Indiana. He was a member of the ESPNU 150 squad and has a host of other accolades that spell bright things for his future at Virginia Tech. In his final year at Warren Central High, he recorded 46 tackles with seven for a loss and six sacks and came to Tech looking to do more of the same.
Harley did make a notable effort last year in an attempt to make an immediate impact and see some playing time at his position, but was eventually redshirted.
This year, Harley should be able to secure himself a spot as the Hokies are losing Kwamaine Battle, Isaiah Hamlette, Courtney Prince and Dwight Tucker from the defensive line. Harley will join the Hopkins brothers along with Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall, making for an impressive showing at the defensive/nose tackle position.
Look for Harley’s role to increase as he steadily gains experience, cycling into the line for some valuable playing time this season.