Central Florida 2012 Super60: No. 12, Vegas Harley, QB, Mount Dora

On Sunday, we will release the latest update in our 2012 Central Florida Super60 and we are counting down the Top 12 (SuperDozen) leading up to the release:


Ask any coach who's seen him, any coach who's played against him, and you'll hear some very dynamic comments about Mount Dora's special senior quarterback Vegas Harley.

"He is as exciting a playmaker as you are ever going to find at this level," said one opposing coach. "They want the ball in that kid's hands on every snap."

Still another raved, "If there is a better quarterback around, I don't know him."

If you are going to be named Vegas Harley, you may as well fit the part.

He runs it, he throws it. He's decisive and rarely is it a poor decision. He plays defense.

Therein lies the dilemma for Harley (6-1, 185). Some schools want him to play defensive back in college, some like him at quarterback, and still others might want to see him at a receiver/slot position.

"We've been using Vegas more now because he's able to run and do more things with the ball," Grabowski said last year during Harley's run to 1,071 regular-season passing yards and 1,718 regular-season yards rushing. "Opposing coaches always tell me after the game how preparing for him and playing against him is just a nightmare."

Harley accounted for 26 touchdowns on offense as a junior and will likely  surpass that number with ease this season. Against Harmony in this year's spring game, Harley threw four touchdown passes of 45 yards or longer and also ran for a 49-yard score and had a 78-yard rushing touchdown called back in a 48-21 rout.

His versatility is what makes him great and also what puts him in the Sentinel's 2012 Central Florida Super60 update as the No. 12 player in the six-county region's SuperDozen.

He's ranked as the 49th best overall athlete in the country for 2012 by Rivals.com.

"It's good to have a different perspective about where you stand each other," Harley said of the regional ranking vs. the national lists. "But truthfully, they don't really matter. It's good to hvae expectations put on you by others, but the highest expectations for are my own expectations."

Harley doesn't have a favorite among his 12 offers, some of which include FIU, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, USF, Temple. He has also been in touch with UCF quite often and may play in that game Aug.

And there is no majority number of schools who want him to play one position over the other.

"They're all over the place ... offense, defense," Harley said. "Personally I'd like to play offense, but if not I'll play anywhere that gets me a spot in the field."

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@tribune.com.

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