Harper is in contact with LSU

Davian "Tank" Harper's junior season was cut short by a level three high ankle sprain, and as a result he saw action in only four games for Mesquite, Texas. The limited exposure has affected the recruiting process to some degree, but it didn't prevent Harper from getting an invite to LSU's junior day on Jan. 31.

Harper (6-3, 200, 4.55) had heard plenty about LSU prior to getting the invitation to junior day from when his brother Steven, who is now at Midwestern State University, was being recruited by the Tigers five years ago.


Now it’s Davian’s turn to go through the recruiting process, and he wasted little time in getting a look at LSU.


“We went over there for junior day and it was a beautiful campus,” Harper said. “I met a lot of the coaches and I liked them all, then we watched their workout video and you can tell they work hard to get you ready for that next level.”


Harper, who is an excellent student with a 3.2 core grade point average, is hearing from several schools aside from LSU, including Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Stanford, and all of the Ivy League schools.


Coaches are staying in touch with Harper as much as they’re allowed to right now, and just yesterday he spoke with LSU’s receivers coach D.J. McCarthy.


“Coach McCarthy was talking to my coach and when coach told me that I said I wanted to talk to him too, so I got on the phone,” Harper said. “He was telling me he wants me to come up to camp this summer and work with me hands-on since I don’t have much film. I’m going to do everything I can to make it there because LSU is one that I’ve very much interested in.”


The interest in LSU was already there before Harper went to junior day, but it got even stronger after he saw the resources that LSU offers.


“I was really impressed with their academic center,” he said. “They accommodate almost any type of learner. If you’re a visual type of learner and you want to see stuff worked out then they will set you up with a teacher that will help you. They’ll even send you a message on your phone to let you know it is set up.”


This spring and summer is going to be critical for Harper as he will need to show coaches what he can do on the field. He fully understands how important those periods will be, and he’s looking forward to erasing any doubt that may exist based on his injury plagued junior campaign.


“I don’t have any offers yet, but I’m going to show everybody that last season was a fluke,” said Harper, who estimated that he had around 10 catches as a junior. “I’m going to show them that I’m that big and physical type of receiver that can run.


“Right now, I’ve got Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma State and LSU at the top of my list, but I’m just looking for the opportunity to take my game to the next level and play college ball. Whoever gives me that opportunity is going to get some strong consideration.”

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