Raheem Harvey’s Long Way From Home
LEWISTON, ID —
Would you travel almost 3,000 miles for your dream?
For one LC Valley Logger, that's not a hypothetical.
Lewiston, Idaho is a lot different from what Loggers wide receiver/defensive back Raheem Harvey is used to.
"It's just so much farming. I'm seeing, I don't even know what these things are called, but there are these big green trucks they take up half or a whole lane,” Harvey said. “I was like what the heck is that! "
Harvey is from Largo, Florida, about 40 minutes away Tampa.
So, why Idaho?
"It was kind of like a last opportunity thing. Like a Last Chance U type,” Harvey said. “Really I just felt like this was the best opportunity I had to get to where I'm trying to get to."
Being about 3,000 miles away from home can be hard to keep in touch with family.
But, he makes it work.
"I talk to my mom every day, throughout the day,” Harvey said. “I wake up around, 7 or 8 in the morning and I'll probably go to sleep around 12 or 1."
According to Loggers head coach Jeff Schumacher, Harvey's getting use to life in the LC Valley.
"He's a resilient kid,” Schumacher said. “You see him on the football field and what he does and the way he plays. And I think he takes that same attitude in his life and I think he's adjusting well."
The adjustment has been paying off on the field.
Against the Finlandia Lions, he had 241 receiving yards on nine catches.
"It feels good, knowing that I came so far.
Harvey's dream is to get paid for playing the game he loves.
"My plan is to go from here to if not the NFL, CFL. If not CFL, AFL. I want go somewhere pro and work to the NFL. That's my ultimate dream."
Taking the road, less traveled.
Now this isn't Harvey's first time playing college ball.
He played the last two seasons at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
He also said hills and friendly people stand out to him about the LC Valley.