GAINESVILLE -- Percy Harvin isn't going to be on the cover of EA Sports' college football video game after all. Instead, the coverboys of College Football 2010 will be receiver Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech, quarterback Mark Sanchez of Southern Cal, defensive end Brian Orakpo of Texas and quarterback Brian Johnson of Utah.
EA Sports introduced the players at a party on Friday night in New York. Harvin wasn't introduced, but a former Gator sure did a lot of talking at the event, so that counts for something, right?
All the talk of Harvin gracing one of the covers and then not making the final cut led some to speculate that Harvin's negative publicity of late had something to do with his snub. That theory seems a little farfetched, if you ask me, but who knows? (And never mind that EA Sports' target audience for College Football 2010 is a bunch of stoners sitting around their dorm room playing video games.)
Who cares, really? Just a video game, right? Well, not so fast. Video games aside, how many possible endorsement deals are Harvin's alleged misleads going to cost him? Not many, if he's smart.
Harvin's image, of course, isn't totally ruined over a few rumors by NFL Draft websites and Fox Sports. It can be salvaged. (And plenty of people don't even care one way or the other if Harvin smokes pot as long as he doesn't test positive once he's in the NFL.) Hopefully Harvin will spend some of that signing-bonus money on a savvy publicist. Americans love their sports heroes, but Americans really love their sports heroes who fall and then get back up. He's edgy, he's fearless, he's reformed now go buy his jersey.
ANYWAY, let's see what else is buzzing around campus these days ... In other words, let's talking RECRUITING!
--Former UF tight end Cornelius Ingram is appearing in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
--Former UF basketball player Allan Chaney defended his reasons for transferring in this article. Seems Chaney didn't think UF coach Billy Donovan ever gave him a chance. Puzzling.
--Defensive end Lynden Trail (6-7, 220 pounds) of Miami Booker T. Washington recently received an offer from Southern Cal but still says Florida is his top school.
--Jacksonville First Coast defensive end Tavaris Barnes (6-5, 250 pounds) says he plans to commit to Florida in May. Barnes recently received an offer from the Gators.
--Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas running back Giovanni Bernard (5-9, 198 pounds) attended Florida's spring game with friends and is interested in the Gators. Bernand's older brother, Yvenson Bernard, was a standout running back for Oregon State. Giovanni Bernard has about 20 offers.
--Basketball super-recruit John Wall of Raleigh, N.C., isn't considering Florida, according to his hometown paper. Wall is in Miami this weekend visiting The U.