Chris Harper: Is KSU's Loss Mizzou's Gain?

It's currently the NCAA ‘dead' period for college football recruiting, but that doesn't mean situations aren't changing, nor does it mean coaches can't make calls. Take Chris Harper and Missouri, for instance.

Harper, the highly sought 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete from Wichita, KS, de-committed from Kansas State this weekend after the departure of offensive coordinator James Franklin. Harper's primary recruiter at KSU, Franklin left for Maryland, leaving Harper's situation up in the air. With knowledge of that, several recruiters called him today, including Missouri's Andy Hill.

"He just said that they still want me and everything, and that they're going to be really good next year," said Harper, one of the best athletes in the Midlands region.

Franklin has built a strong bond with Harper and had sold him on being Kansas State's quarterback of the future.

"He put mew over the top with Kansas State. I trust him. Not saying I don't trust the other coaches, but I've known him the longest," he said.

Harper said he also spoke with Mizzou commit Andrew Jones and Bonne Terre linebacker Will Compton, who will decide between Illinois and Mizzou at some point. Harper, too, is high on the Illini, but he said that Illinois is probably not the favorite at this point.

"Everybody's probably a little bit behind Oregon right now," said Harper, who wants to play quarterback in college and has been offered at that position by each of his top five schools – the aforementioned four along with Notre Dame.

He said he will give another long look at Mizzou, and has no idea when or how he'll re-make his decision. He also said he has not spoken with Franklin about the possibility of going to Maryland. Though he sounded a bit drained when we caught up with him after a weekend of taking phone calls – including the shocker from Franklin – he said he's handling the upheaval just fine.

"I'm still a little surprised about it, but that's how it is. It's college football. It's a business," he said.

We'll keep you posted…

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