Aarion Harvey is a Hudson Valley Viking looking to give the team his all every play.
Harvey said that the Hudson Valley football program has been keeping tabs on him since he was in high school and they’ve been supporting him ever since.
The Hudson Valley Vikings of Troy, New York finished the 2018 season with a 2-8 overall record and Harvey is looking to add value to their offensive line with his skill set. The 6’5, 305 pound, offensive lineman from Chicago, Illinois played his high school football at Griffith Senior High School in Griffith, Indiana. He graduated from there in 2018. He had scholarship offers from the universities of Indianapolis, Illinois State, and Ohio coming out of high school.
He played his freshman season with the Hocking Hawks of Nelsonville, Ohio.
“What motivates me to play the game is wanting to get a free education, losing my mother and having a younger brother and sisters [to look after]. I want to be successful for [them],” Harvey said.
He believes his strength and footwork are the best parts of his game and his flexibility is improving. He needs to work on becoming the best athlete he can be and that will translate to him being a better offensive lineman.
What sticks out on film about Aarion Harvey is how well he uses his long arms to latch onto the defender in front of him. He has good speed as a run blocker and his size and leverage help him open up running lanes. As a pass blocker, he has quick feet and his long arms allow him to stop the edge rusher from beating him to the quarterback. Check out his highlight film.
“What sold me about Hudson Valley was it is [not] just about me as a football player. There is actual support and help with everything. Everyone cares about what you do in the classroom and on the field. Coach [Jesse] Fulger one of my coaches at Hudson Valley is someone that believes in me and wants to see me succeed. He is a great coach and truly cares about his players. It’s more than just a game for him.”
Harvey admires the fact that the Hudson Valley defensive line coach sacrifices time and effort for his players. He has worked with Harvey continuously and has been involved. Every coach has that same mentality in Harvey’s mind. For example, the special team’s coach telling an offensive lineman he wants to see the best out of him is why Harvey chose the Vikings.
Aarion Harvey believes he will mesh perfectly with his new team since their style of play fits who he is as an offensive lineman. He plans to make the most of his first season as a Hudson Valley Viking by making good memories, working hard, having a good time with his teammates on the field and being one of the best offensive linemen in junior college football.
“It’s truly a family over here at Hudson Valley and this is a great football team and program to be a part of. It’s [really] special. This is a program where they care about your future, getting you out and sending you to a good four-year school. The coaches actually help you get recruited.”
Harvey’s grandfather was the person who had the biggest impact on him because of his struggles academically and with his weight. When he didn’t want to do the work, his grandfather was the person who sat him down and made him do the work until he learned what he needed to. He made honor roll as a result of his grandfather’s support. With Harvey’s weight, his grandfather ran with him three days a week and taught him how to eat in order to get in shape.
“My growth as a football player and a person [has been huge]. I feel like with this game, I’ve learned to be mentally tough with all the things that come with being a good football player. Keeping your grades up, going to class, making football workouts, practices and meetings on time. Working at a job and keeping my GPA has made me grow as a person and taught me a lot as well.”
Aarion Harvey plays basketball in his spare time and played during his high school years. He writes outside of football to help himself filter his thoughts and relieve stress. He wants to major in business and become an athletic director as a career path outside of football.
“My expectations are to just come in and work hard in the classroom and on the field because I believe being able to be great in the classroom and on the field is what makes you a great football player,” he said about learning from veteran Vikings.