Chris Harper Talks Mizzou

There aren't many positions on the football field that Chris Harper cannot—and has not—played. The Wichita athlete has taken snaps at quarterback, running back and wide receiver in high school, as well as kick-returner. He's also spending the summer with his AAU basketball team, HMC Select. And despite his growing national blue-chip status, Harper is looking closely at MU.

Armed with a 4.45 40-yard dash, Harper was named all-city athlete last year in the Greater Wichita Athletic League. Harper garnered off-season offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Missouri, as well as some form of offer from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, LSU and Michigan.

A hot commodity in the recruiting world, Harper plans to spend the summer traveling around visiting his suitors.

"I'm for sure going to be up at Mizzou," the rising senior said, "and I might stay for a few days. I'm going June 1st for a Nike camp and I might stick around."

Harper recently passed on the Kansas City combine, for which he was registered.

"I decided not to go," he said.

Though it would have been a solid opportunity to get his name out, Harper boasts around eight offers—perhaps his name is already out enough.

Though he can't name his favorite schools at this point, he said Kansas State and Missouri are in contact with him the most. He spoke to Missouri this past week.
As it stands, Harper is not sure what position he will play in college. He has been predominantly recruited as both wide receiver and quarterback, and though it may not be the final determining factor in selecting a school, Harper said, "It will have something to do with it."

Though the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder's recruitment has been solely football-related, Harper has started for his school's basketball team since he was a freshman, averaging an impressive 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.

With an obvious love for basketball, Harper said that Kansas State and Texas A&M have offered him a football scholarship with the possibility of being a two-sport star, playing bhoops as well.

Growing up, Harper didn't have a favorite school. Two colleges he paid attention to were Virginia Tech and Kansas State.

"I used to watch Virginia Tech because I liked Mike Vick," he said. "I watched K-State a lot because my Dad and brother like them."

Harper isn't sure when he'll be making a decision.

"I'm thinking about graduating early, but I'm not sure yet," he said. "It will be after football season probably, but I'm not sure yet."

He currently holds a 3.0 GPA and is taking the SATs in June.

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