MU Target Chris Harper Describes Summer Tour

It was a whirlwind summer for Chris Harper – there were individual trips to Mizzou, Notre Dame, Illinois and KSU, and the Southern tour with Potential Players, a group that traveled to Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Arkansas. Now he can get to the task at hand – his senior year. But college remains a source of thought for Harper, who broke it down for InsideMizzou. <br

"I kind of figured out about a lot of schools. You feel comfortable at some, and not as comfortable at others," said Harper, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete who was one of the fastest rising players in the Midlands this summer in terms of recruiting profile.
On the trip with Potential Players, the schools that stood out to Harper were Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss.

"Those were the ones that I kind of liked out of all of them," he said.

He also very much enjoyed his solo visits to Mizzou and Notre Dame, and is still considering all of the above, and more. It'll be a while before he pares his list to a manageable number, let alone makes a commitment.

"I don't definitely know when I'll come up with my list, probably after the third week of the season or somewhere around there," said Harper, who doesn't expect to commit until after the season.

While one might think the hardest part of recruiting is over with, Harper said that's not the case.

"It really wasn't all that [tiring]. But I still have to worry about it, and now it might get even harder because I'll have to start telling schools, ‘No,'" he said.

Harper currently has offers from many of the schools on his list, though several of the higher profile programs, such as the Florida schools and Alabama, have told him they'll decide whether to offer after seeing his first two weeks of game film. Notre Dame recently offered him as an athlete, while Mizzou, Illinois, Kansas State and Oklahoma State are the ones who have offered him at his position of preference – quarterback.

Harper said Mizzou remains high on his list, and he's hoping to make it out to a game or two. Missouri recruit Andrew Jones has been trying to work his recruiting magic with Harper, as he's done with many MU targets.

"He just texted me last night," Harper said. "I like Missouri a lot. The offense is a plus. They're up there. I like the coaching staff. And it was one of the nicer schools and campuses [I saw]."

It looks as though Harper's recruitment will be a drawn out tug-of-war, and we'll keep you posted all the way throughout.

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