David Harvey has never started a varsity high school football game. Yet his college plans are out of reach for many all-state players.
Harvey, who transferred to McDonough last November from Sumter (S.C.) High, unofficially committed to Nebraska's recruiting class of 2005 after making a strong impression at the Huskers' summer camp last month. His appearance there was almost as unlikely as his commitment.
Harvey (6 feet 4, 230 pounds) was on his way out of McDonough's weight room in May when Rams Coach Dave Bradshaw asked him to wait. Nebraska assistant coach Phil Elmassian, who had recruited McDonough offensive lineman David Ziegler to Marshall two years ago, was coming to the Pomfret school to chat with rising junior running back-defensive back A.J. Wallace. Bradshaw thought Harvey should introduce himself to Elmassian.
"I was ready to go home," said Harvey, who has played defensive end in high school but was recruited by Nebraska to play tight end. "Coach [Bradshaw] told me to stick around. I guess it was the right thing to do."
Elmassian invited Harvey and Wallace to the camp, and Harvey's raw skills in drills impressed the coaching staff. Nebraska was the only college to offer Harvey a scholarship, which he accepted last week.
Harvey -- who should start for the Rams this fall, Bradshaw said -- is believed to be one of two area players to commit to Nebraska since McDonough's Donta Jones, a second team All-Met in 1989. Jones played six seasons in the NFL. Chris Moran (Linganore) also played at Nebraska in the late-1990s.
If Anacostia's Frank Briscoe likes challenges as he says he does, then he should be ecstatic next winter. Already the Indians' girls' basketball coach, Briscoe will add coaching the boys' team to his duties this year, replacing Troy Sewell.
Not only will Briscoe be quite busy, but he could be making a little history. While it is not uncommon for coaches to oversee multiple teams if they play in different seasons, D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Allen Chin said he can not recall in nearly two decades a District high school coach leading both the boys' and girls' basketball teams during the same season.
The only restriction Briscoe faces is a DCIAA rule that prohibits him from combining team practices.
Briscoe will get some help from the DCIAA because girls' and boys' varsity league games are played as doubleheaders. But he may be stretched thin when it comes to holiday tournaments and nonconference games.
"If I have good assistants, I don't think it will be a problem," Briscoe said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
In the past five seasons, Briscoe has led the girls' team to an 84-26 record and the City Title in 2000. Under Sewell, Anacostia's boys' team was 34-32 over the past three seasons, making the playoffs twice.
On the Surface
Gonzaga is in the process of installing synthetic turf on its stadium field, school officials said. The field, which will be used for football and lacrosse, and a brand new track are expected to be ready later this month.
The Sprinturf field is a blend of synthetic blades of grass interspersed with crushed rubber and plays like natural grass. Bishop Ireton in Alexandria and Baltimore's Calvert Hall have similar fields.
Because Gonzaga is located near Capitol Hill and has limited space, the new, more durable field is expected to ease the need for its teams to practice elsewhere. It also will allow them to work out in wet conditions, football coach Kenny Lucas said.
Staff writer Tarik El-Bashir contributed to this report.