Q&A with QB Cullen Harper

<img src=http://media.theinsiders.com/Media/Other/154001_cameraprofile.JPG> We spoke with Cullen Harper, the newest Clemson verbal commitment earlier this morning. Read about what made Cullen decide on the Tigers, and also view some nice video highlights from his junior year at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Georgia in this extensive report!

QB Cullen Harper
Sequoyah High School
Alpharetta, Georgia

The Clemson Tigers received their 8th verbal commitment late last night when Georgia gun-slinger Cullen Harper gave his commitment to quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain. We spoke with Cullen this morning to get the absolute latest on his recruitment, and the upcoming season.

What made you decide to commit to Clemson this early?
Harper: Clemson just felt like the right place from the beginning. From the first time I went there, I just always felt really comfortable with the Clemson coaches. I was really impressed with the staff, the facilities, the football program. Everything about it, I just really enjoyed it.

What other scholarship offers did you have?
Harper: South Carolina, Duke, and Middle Tennessee State

Who was your main recruiter from Clemson?
Harper: Coach O'Cain was sending about 4 letters a week, and Coach West was my recruiting guy. I called Coach O'Cain last night and told him. He was really excited about it. He was glad that he's going to get the chance to work with me even though it's still a year away.

Are you more of drop-back passer or a dual-threat quarterback?
Harper: I'm more of a drop back passer.

What are some of your strengths and weaknesses as a quarterback?
Harper: My strengths, I've got a real strong arm, I can read defenses well, I've got good accuracy. I can probably work on my speed a little bit. Right now, I'm running about a 4.8, I'd like to get that down to about a 4.6.

A lot of quarterbacks we talk to mention that they want to come to Clemson because they'll get the chance to throw the ball a good bit, was that a factor for you?
Harper: I want to go into an offense that throws the ball. You know, it seems me and Charlie Whitehurst are kind of alike. I want to play somewhere where the offense is in tune with me and how I play.

Are you planning on heading up for any of the games this year?
Harper: Yeah, I'd like to get up there to as many as I can. I haven't been up there yet, but I plan on it.

How did your team do last year?
Harper: Last year, we went 8-3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Stephenson. We are a 5A school. I was 65-of-125 for a little over 1000 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

How are things looking for them this season?
Harper: Last year we were really a young team and people thought it was going to be a rebuilding year, but we've got a lot of people coming back now so we should be pretty dangerous.

Any chance you take some official visits to other schools?
Harper: I couldn't really say right now. I'm pretty big on Clemson though.

Any thoughts on ACC expansion, and did that have play a part in your decision?
Harper: A little bit. It just makes the conference that much better with those two teams coming in. It puts the ACC up at the top with the SEC and the other conferences.

I've been told that your dad played football at UGA, does that create any extra tension in the Harper household?
Harper: No, he's happy for me. He doesn't really care where I go and he's just happy. He liked Clemson from the beginning, it was his favorite. There was no sense in waiting around and letting that scholarship offer be taken from someone else.

In conclusion, we'd like to thank Cullen for taking the time to speak with us. He becomes the 8th verbal commitment for the Tigers this year, and the first commitment from the state of Georgia in the 2004 class.

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