Harper Liking What He's Hearing from Hawkeyes

After landing four prospects in Texas during the 2015 recruiting cycle, Iowa is back in the Lone Star State for the '16 Class. One of the players holding a Hawkeyes' offer is Arlington cornerback Madre Harper. The Lamar High standout spoke with HI about his interest in the Big Ten school and when he might be able to get on campus.

Madre Harper prefers substance above style. The Texas cornerback understands those things often are reversed in recruiting.

"I don't really care if you have a 10,000-square foot weight room or 3,000. That's not a big deal," he said. "But I want to see that they're putting in work and that they have the tools to develop me into a good player. I'm also looking for a coach and staff that know what they're doing and can show they've developed players in their program.

"Every program goes through ups and downs and wins and losses but they know how to produce wins. They know how to produce players. That's really important to me."

Harper see those characteristics in Iowa, which offered him a scholarship last month. Assistant LeVar Woods is teaching him about the Hawkeyes.

"He told me it's a great program and like a brotherhood up there," Harper said. "He said that they treat their guys well and that I will have the opportunity to make it to the pros. He said they're a really good program as far as developing players.

"I know it's far from home but the cold and distance isn't a really big deal to me. He just really made it seem like a great program and it might be a good fit for me with the type of player I am and what they're trying to do with their program."

Woods is making an impression on the Arlington (TX) Lamar High standout.

"It's real great," Harper said of his relationship with the Iowa assistant. "He came down a couple of times and we met in person. He's real easy going and seems like a really nice guy. He's trying to get a lot of Texas guys up there in Iowa."

At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Harper features the dimensions schools are seeking in cornerbacks.

"(Woods) said he liked that I'm tall and lengthy and have good aggressiveness on the field and I'm not afraid of anybody. He said he really enjoyed that about me," Harper said. "The league is going to more tall corners and that's what people want these days. Length is very important."

Harper also reports scholarship offers from Boston College, SMU, Duke, Utah State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt, Colorado State and Kansas.

"I'm looking for a genuine love and excitement for the sport from the coach. If you're the coach, you should love what you're doing and be excited about your players and the program," he said.

SMU, Baylor and Oklahoma have played host to Harper on visits, he said. He's hoping to stop at Iowa, Duke and Vanderbilt this spring or summer.

"I'm trying to commit somewhere before my senior season starts," he said.

Harper said he'll play some receiver and safety as a senior after seeing most of his previous field time at cornerback. The new coach at Lamar would like to utilize the speed he shows as a sprinter on the track team.

"I run track so I think I'm pretty fast," Harper said. "You have to have some good speed to play corner anyway so you don't get burned. I don't plan on getting burned anytime soon."

Harper plans to study sports medicine and science in college.

"I probably want to be a sports physician," he said.

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