Eagles News · QB opportunity at Virginia dream come true for Edgewater’s R.J. Harvey


Having an opportunity to play quarterback in college was exactly what Robert ‘R.J.’ Harvey Jr., was looking for. At Virginia, where the Orlando Edgewater standout committed last week, he gets the chance.

Harvey was all smiles when talking about his commitment to the Cavaliers, fulling a dream to continue his football career as a quarterback at the next level. Harvey, a gifted athlete, was also being recruited by several schools as a running back, but the change to play in the ACC and Virginia’s family atmosphere won him over.

“I really like the environment around the coaching staff. They are very family-oriented and the players are, as well,” Harvey said. “They recruited me as a quarterback. The head coach [Bronco Mendenhall] told me he wants me as a quarterback only.

“It feels real good because I’ve played quarterback my whole life. That was my dream to play quarterback in college for a Power 5 school so it feels good.”

He’s shown he can do it all as a quarterback. Last season as a junior, he was a member of the 1,000-1,000 Club, passing for 1,399 yards and rushing for 1,171. He had 33 total touchdowns — 20 rushing, 13 passing — and a 60.3 completion percentage (76 for 126). He also averaged 19 yards per carry rushing the ball (119 for 1,171).

His head coach Cameron Duke loves coaching him.

“He’s a great kid. He’s a great student. He does things right off the football field,” Duke said last spring. “I tell college coaches, ‘You’re getting a can’t-miss kid here.’ And that’s because of his character, which has a lot to do with his family and the way he’s been raised.”

He was recruited to Virginia by Central Florida-area recruiter Ricky Brumfield (special teams) and Jason Back (quarterbacks coach). Harvey, who picked Virginia over schools like UCF, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Syracuse and a host of others, committed to the Cavs while on an unofficial visit to Charlottesville, Va.

“[The coaches] they were really excited about my commitment. They were trying to get me since May,” Harvey said. “It’s a huge relief. I can focus on playing this year, having a great season and helping my team go far.”