Chris Harper's Recruitment Winding Down

It's been interesting to follow the recruitment of Wichita standout athlete Chris Harper. Once believed to be a heavy Kansas State lean, Harper has examined dozens of schools and slowly pared his list. At times, it seemed Missouri was a lonsghot. At others, that hasn't at all been the case. Harper recently took his official visit to MU and also received a new, eye-opening offer. Here's the latest:

Harper, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete ranked the No. 23 player in the entire Midlands Region, received an offer yesterday from Oregon. The Ducks are a newcomer to his recruitment but appear to be a serious player because they like him as a quarterback and have plenty of room at the position – they have taken one quarterback in the past two classes, a two-star prospect.

"It's pretty big. They're one of the schools that fit my playing style, so that's another good option to look at," Harper said.

Harper has taken official visits to Missouri, Notre Dame and Illinois, and will got to Kansas State and Oregon in the next two weeks, respectively. Mizzou appears to have as good a shot as anyone in his final five.

"The visit went really good. Trey Hobson was my host. I just got to hang around with the players. That was the bet part about it," he said. "I really hadn't gotten to know the players before … I didn't know how close they were as a team. They were really close."

Harper would like to play quarterback in college, though he hasn't ruled out the possibility of moving to another position if that doesn't work out. He reiterated that the commitments of 2009 standout Blaine Dalton and 2009 standout Blaine Gabbert have not affected his view of Mizzou even slightly.

"Just like I said, it's just competition. Chase Daniel wasn't a really highly rated quarterback coming out of high school," he said, adding that Chase Patton, like the Blaines, was the more highly touted prospect before being beaten out for the job by Daniel.

"I don't really look at that," he said. "To be honest [MU's coaches] haven't talked about another position."

Harper has become close with MU commit Andrew Jones and is a fan of head coach Gary Pinkel.

"I have been talking to Andrew Jones a lot," he said. "He just tells me the same things the coaches talk about. Some of the Oregon players are doing the same thing.

"I'm comfortable there [at MU]," he continued. "I like coach Pinkel a lot. He's real upfront and honest about everything."

Harper is unconcerned about distance because his parents will move wherever he goes. He said they'd originally planned to move from Wichita a few years ago – which may not bode well for K-State – but decided to stay in Kansas because he'd settled into high school.

Harper doesn't know when he'll make a decision, but we wouldn't be surprised if it comes shortly after his final visit in 10 days.

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