While the statistics weren't off the charts, Harper directed the Chiefs to their third consecutive win of the season against a pesky squad from Murray County.
He would finish the evening 8-of-18 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown- not too bad considering that it was his first live action in almost 4 solid weeks.
|QB Cullen Harper|
We spoke with assistant coach Scott Martin sevaral times throughout the evening about Harper and his decision to commit to Clemson.
"He's a good one," said Martin. "No doubt about that. He had that injury that was a minor set back, but he's completely recovered from that now."
A lot of people are already comparing Cullen to current Tiger quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, but one difference must be noted: Harper is a well-built quarterback. He's stocky and appears to be have worked hard in the weight room, including his arms and his lower body.
Even the refs at the game were well aware of his talents.
As we scampered onto the field to try and grab some pictures of Harper during halftime, one of the refs joked with me that he wanted to be in the picture because he figured Harper would eventually make it to the professional ranks in the NFL.
An interesting side note is that the Chiefs' offense may not exactly be suited to a passing quarterback. They use a lot of misdirection running plays, so you have to figure that Harper has mastered the art of the play action fake.
As far as scouting goes, the arm strength is clearly there, as is an excellent touch on the football.
The Chiefs routinely tested Murray County's secondary with the deep ball, and for the most part, Harper was dead one with his passes. He had one pass of over 30 yards dropped, he overthrew another by just a few inches, and completed his other two attempts.
"This was his first game back in quite some time," added Coach Martin. "He hadn't really seen any live action in over a month until tonight. He's a good kid though, and his family is great too. You know his dad went to the University of Georgia, but I know he's supporting Cullen in whatever he decides to do. Clemson will be a great fit for him."
Not surprisingly, Clemson graduate assistant coach and former Furman quarterback Billy Napier was in attendance to take in Harper's performance before the Tigers battled Georgia Tech the next day in Atlanta. In addition, Napier's brother was also the quarterback for Murray County.
The Chiefs had last weekend off before returning home to face Cherokee High School this weekend in Canton, Georgia.
* A special thanks goes out to the Sequoyah coaching staff for providing the video of Harper's touchdown pass.