Junior RB Caper Impresses at Camp

Battle Creek Central RB Larry Caper is entering his junior season, but he has already been on the recruiting radar ever since he saw significant time as a freshman on varsity. This week, the talented runner attended the Wolverine Technique School where he received some very encouraging words before he left.

A year can make a ton of difference. In Larry Caper's case, it has in a couple of ways. As a freshman on varsity, Caper stepped right up with the big boys and rushed for nearly 1000 yards his first year. Then as a sophomore, he was again on a torrid pace, but a shoulder injury took him out after he had rushed for 467 yards in four games. This was also while sharing carries with three other talented backs. Also at this time last year, Caper was not the 210 lbs of muscle he is now.

"I've been in the weight room lifting almost every day," he said, "I don't have a whole lot better to do!"

Caper's hard work along with his game performances and two impressive showings at the Michigan summer camp all paid off at this year's camp where he really turned some heads and made headway towards his first offer.

" I don't think it was really an official offer, but they did say that they want me to be a part of their program because I would be a valuable piece. They also said that they want me to commit in February 2008 starting my class off."

While last season didn't go quite as planned for Caper, he has been working hard in order to make certain that his junior year will be a good one. A big part of that will be moving to tailback full time as he also spent significant time as a wingback last season.

"We're going to more I-back formations," he explained, "so I'll pretty much be at tailback full time."

Caper, whose father played at Western Michigan , said he isn't sure about a timetable yet as it is early in the process. However, he has been considering heading to several other camps this summer with a fellow Michigan camper who he became fast friends with.

"I might go to Wisconsin on Monday with Hersey Jackson," he said, "I just have to see if I can ride with him."

GoBlueWolverine.com will have much more on Caper in the coming weeks.

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