May 3, 2011

Ready to compete

Quintavious Harrow can't stop smiling.

In just one month, the soon-to-be graduate of Carver High will arrive with former teammate Isaiah Crowell and join Tiger alum Jarvis Jones in Athens, a reunion Harrow believes will result in great things for Georgia and the Bulldog Nation.

"We think we're going to be like 'Remember the Titans'," Harrow said during an interview Tuesday with UGASports. "We won a state championship together my freshman year and I feel we're going to win the SEC this year."

Bulldog fans would certainly drink to that.

As for Harrow, he keeps pinching himself every day that he's getting the opportunity to be a part of the team, something he explains in part five of the 26-story series introducing Georgia's incoming freshman class.

"When I got my (ACT) score, I called my mom and told her. She started screaming and hollering, and she was just as excited as I was because we knew Georgia would come through and offer," Harrow recalled when Georgia offered him his scholarship back on Jan. 14. "I told Coach (Bryan) McClendon about the test, and he said "we got you Q." They offered two days later, and I committed a week after that. Everybody was real excited, but they weren't excited as me though."

A linebacker at Carver, Harrow will convert to safety once arriving in Athens, but that won't be his only duty.

According to the 6-foot 193 pounder, coaches have told him they plan on giving him extensive looks at basically every special team there is to play.

"They're talking about kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt block, all type of stuff like that," Harrow said. "They (coaches) just told me to be ready to compete."

Jones has been telling he and Crowell the same.

"Jarvis has always been a real good role model," Harrow said. "He calls us (he and Crowell) every week telling us what we need to be doing to be ready once we get there. He's a real good guy to look up to."

But if you know Jones, Harrow said, that's not all that unusual.

"He's always been a leader like that," he said. "He didn't say much, but always showed us what we needed to be doing."

Harrow is confident his transition from linebacker to safety will be a seamless one.

"My footwork is already pretty good. I am just trying to improve my hips and flexibility more. I am going to run track, hit the weights, and continue to go hard or go home," he said. "That is where I have always wanted to play. I can play anywhere in the secondary, and I am going to be a terror out there."

Harrow said he has heard nothing from UGA to indicate he is not fully qualified.

"I'm ready to go," he said, adding he knows he still has a lot to prove in the eyes of some, especially those who suggest the only reason he got an offer to Georgia was due to his close friendship with Crowell.

"I think I have a lot to prove, because I was an under the radar player," Harrow said. "I have been timed at 4.41 and Isaiah (Crowell) at 4.38. We are usually about step for step with each other. Me and Crowell are both the same now, as far as equal status on the team, so who knows, maybe I will see the field before him. They say to play early at running back for Coach Richt you have to be able to block. Well, Crowell can do everything, and he should be ready to pick up the blitz because you have to know how to pass block to play at Carver."

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