EL CERRITO, Calif. -- When Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) jogged onto the field, he wore a beanie and a long-sleeved black Nike shirt with “EC” printed on the front.
The turf was blanketed in sunlight, but it was a mid-December morning and the junior receiver was cold. He borrowed a red sweatshirt from a teammate.
This group of Gauchos, led by a 2014 quintet of college prospects Harvey calls “the Fab Five,” is close. Joined by linebacker D.J. Calhoun, cornerback Adarius Pickett, quarterback Keilan Benjamin and his twin brother, receiver Keith Benjamin, the group sets a high standard that kept the recruits working throughout the season.
“That’s what the Fab Five is all about, just pushing ourselves,” Harvey said.
They continue to push each other through early morning winter workouts.
“It’s going to be amazing next year,” Harvey said. “We’ve already talked about it.”
The Gauchos finished 13-1 in 2012 and the group has lofty expectations for their final season of high school football.
“We’ve just got to prepare ourselves,” Harvey said.
Harvey is receiving Division I interest, but his focus is on school and working to improve as a player. He isn’t worried about scholarship offers.
“I don’t really get into those offers and stuff,” he said. “I just play my game.”
The standout looks the part of a Division I receiver. He is currently drawing interest from programs such as Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington.
He plans to play at the next level and getting to train against a cornerback like Pickett, who has several Pac-12 offers, will help him get there.
“I just love playing the game,” Harvey said. “Whoever wants me and whoever shows the most interest in me, I’m going to show interest back.”