Harley, who plays at Warren Central High, said the first few weeks of the season taught him what it is like to play with a target on his back.
"They call me out on every play," the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Harley said. "They'll say, ‘What's up Harley? Are you ready to get destroyed?' or something like that. They know who I am.
"I thrive on it. If you think you're better than me, than I have to show you I'm still better."
Warren Central is 3-1, and is definitely a school Virginia Tech fans should keep an eye on. Not only is Harley committed, but the Hokies are recruiting three of his teammates for the class of 2012.
"They like Virginia Tech a lot because all of them came to the camp on July 10," Harley said. "I brought three of my starters down, and they did a great job and they liked the Virginia Tech campus, and the whole thing. They're really high on them."
Harley is off to a strong start as Warren Central opened Metropolitan League play with a pair of shutouts.
I think I've gotten off the ball pretty well," Harley said. "I think I can play better, but I always think I can play better. I've played good, but it could be better. That's just the competitor in me."
Harley continues to speak regularly with the Virginia Tech staff, and is planning on making an official visit to campus after the season.
"It will be sometime in December, but I'm not sure," he said. "I need to apply to the school and make sure I get into the school. I just need to get that out of the way."