Montgomery (AL) Carver linebacker Harding Harper loves to hit people – legally that is.
Harper (6-2, 215), an outside linebacker and one of nine prospects taking their official visits to Arkansas this weekend, is proud of that fact.
"I know that I just bring that tenaciousness, just that attitude and I just anticipate everything," Harper said. "I am just that enforcer on defense. Some guys are kind of passive, but you know that I am going to bring it every play and every play you better be ready."
Harper had 112 tackles this season with 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions for a 7-4 team that lost in the first round of the state playoffs.
He has been to Florida International, has a visit set to Vanderbilt next week and has Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Memphis among others trying to get him take his last visit with their school.
But just as his former Birmingham (AL) Jackson-Olin teammate Beau Hankins (6-2, 225) – who is also visiting this weekend – notes, this visit could be it for him.
"This very well could be my last one also," said Harper, who is also an outstanding basketball player.
Hankins and Harper have talked about playing together and Ole Miss is trying to get into the mix for both.
"That would be the best thing," Harper said. "We love playing with each other and we just feed off of each other's energy. If he hits somebody, I'm going to want to come back and hit somebody harder. If I hit somebody, he is going to want to come back and hit somebody harder."
Arkansas has Harding's interest for a variety of reasons.
"Everything has me interested," Harper said. "It is just a beautiful town filled with beautiful people. It is just the great college atmosphere. It is a great college program that they have established here. It's just everything that has me really interested in seeing it."
Harper has been told by Arkansas that they see him as an outside linebacker, but he would not be adverse to playing strong safety.
"That have talked about pretty much a Sam or Will backer, but I will play anywhere I can hit people," Harper said.
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