"If I had to commit today…"

There might not be a JUCO player that has burst on the scene this year bigger than Chase Harper. The 6-foot-4 and 240-pound tight end didn't play football last year for Corsicana (Texas) Navarro Junior College last year after not qualifying, but he did play basketball. This year Harper is playing both as well as signing a division one letter of intent in February.

Co-Offensive Coordinator, Cody Crill, from Corsicana (Texas) Navarro Junior College knows that players like Chase Harper don't come around every year. He just wishes that he would have had Harper for two years.

"Chase was a non-qualifier out of high school," Crill said. "He signed with Iowa State and they waited until very late, because they thought he would make it, telling him it would be OK but he didn't qualify.

"He was so late in fact that he didn't even get here to Navarro until after our second game into the season. He didn't have any two a days, no conditioning and even needed the school president to make an exception for him.

"In the end, we could have pushed him through to get him on the field last year. We decided that it wasn't in the player's best interest in case he could graduate next year and get out and be a three for three guy."

Harper is a weapon that Navarro enjoys having around. As of 9/23, Navarro was ranked #2 according to a couple of different junior college polls. Harper is actually one of a pair of good tight ends that Navarro has.

"We actually have two really good tight ends this year. They are a big part of our offense. Chase is really more of that normal tight end in the two tight end sets for us. He is so very dangerous in our play-action pass packages."

Obviously, Harper has the size that you want in a tight end at 6-foot-4 and 240-pounds. He is also very athletic, played basketball last year at Navarro, but Coach Crill said that Harper has, "Great ability as a tight end. He can stretch the field and is big and athletic."

Harper visited Nebraska a few weeks ago and by all indications then, the visit went well. Shortly following the visit, Harper had phone issues and has been difficult to reach until now.

"The visit to Nebraska went really, really well. I mean, I really didn't see anything that I didn't like while I was there. I would give the visit to Nebraska a very high mark."

While Harper was in Lincoln he had a chance to sit down with Nebraska to discuss how he fits in. What the Nebraska staff had to tell him really intrigued him.

"I am athletic and I can cause problems with the safeties from my tight end position. I can flex out at Nebraska as well as line up tight with the tight end. Nebraska even talked a little about playing wide receiver. That was just one time though."

Harper's recruiting is really on hold for now. He admits that he could commit at any moment, but that he really wants to hold off until the end of the season before he makes a decision. If he committed today he knows which school it would be to.

"I don't have any other visits set and nothing is planned. That's really it right now. I would maybe like to commit at the end of the year. If I had to commit today it would be to Nebraska. I would like to wait until the end of the season, but I could commit at any time."

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