Florida's Jamie Harper Likes Illini and Zook

Illinois' head football coach has proven to everyone that he's one of the nation's top recruiters and now his critics are being silenced on the coaching front - but recruiting never stops. Get inside for one of the country's top players and his thoughts on the Illini.

Jamie Harper is a 6'0" four-star recruit from Jacksonville (FL) and is listed here at Scout.com as the nation's 10th best RB in the class of 2008. Harper is being recruited by all the top schools in the country. Why? Well, he's considered by many as the next "can't miss" RB and it helps because he runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.

Zook is going after the top players to continue what they have going at Illinois. "Oh man, I like what they're doing at Illinois. I have a great relationship with Assistant Coach Dan Disch - he's a Florida guy, and I really like Coach Zook. I'm so mad at myself because they were trying to get me up there for the Wisconsin-Illinois game and I missed it," said Harper.

"I really like what they're doing up there. I know a lot of the guys on the team and I've played against some of them. I love the way they play. They didn't worry about what Wisconsin was ranked, they just came out and played them and looked good doing it. He's a great coach and a great recruiter. He's proven to people he knows what he's doing. The guys he recruited and coached at Florida won a national title and now look at what he's doing with Illinois," Harper added.

So who makes the list for Harper's services? "Well, I have a big list of schools - like Illinois, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Minnesota and South Carolina. But I really have to focus on school and church right now, and I will start to look more and take some visits once I get those things in order."

Harper is not sure when he will be able to make a visit to Illinois but it's definitely in the plans. "Illinois just has things going in the right direction and they look like they're having fun winning."

Once Harper makes his visit InsideIllini.com will keep you updated with his thoughts on the Fighting Illini.

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