Harper Reneges on Cal Headed to Fresno

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's wide receiver Josh Harper verbally committed to California in August. But the three-star prospect, Scout.com's No. 65 ranked WR, opened things up. He visited Fresno State January 8-10, and he was scheduled to visit Oregon State this past weekend. He didn't make it to Corvallis but decided Fresno was the spot for him...

Josh Harper (6-2, 190) has changed his mind.

"I called [WR] Coach [Kevin] Daft and [head] Coach [Jeff] Tedford today," said Harper. "They were sorry to hear about it and hate that I decommitted."

Recently, Harper had decided to reopen his recruitment but did not renege on his verbal commitment until Monday afternoon. He took an official visit to Fresno State January 8-10 and was supposed to visit Oregon State this past weekend but did not go.

"No, I didn't get a chance to go Oregon State," he said.

The Bulldogs and Beavers were the only two programs he was looking at and said he didn't expect to explore any further.

"I most likely not going to Oregon State. I think I have a better opportunity at Fresno State," Harper said just moments before calling Fresno State head coach Pat Hill to commit.

"As soon as I opened things up, they just impressed me. [WR] Coach Dub (Keith Williams), he coaches my position at Fresno, just talking to him during my visit, he taught me so much and he's not even my coach yet."

His teammate Marcus McDade verbally committed to Fresno State last month and took his official visit to Fresno the same weekend as Harper. But he says McDade didn't play a part in his decision. Bulldog wide receiver Anthony Johnson was his host. "A.J. was cool and Robbie [Rouse] was cool too," he added.

For Harper, his recruitment has been a whirlwind to say the least. After earning Stanford Nike Camp MVP honors as a sophomore in 2008, he became one of the most sought after recruits in the Golden State in the 2010 class. With offers from many Pac-10 schools, Harper believed he was done after receiving his offer from California.

"I always wanted to go to Cal," said Harper. "I had a good relationship with Coach Tedford and Coach Daft. But it's not want I expected."

"[In the end], I was just more impressed with Fresno State."

Harper says academics didn't play a part in his decision. "It's not grades, my grades are good," he added. "I believe I scored an 800 on [two-part] SAT."

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