Harper Keeping An Eye On Irish

There aren't a lot of prospects remaining for the Notre Dame coaching staff to pursue to finish off this year's recruiting class, but one player that remains a very real possibility for the Irish is athlete Chris Harper from Northwest High School (Wichita, Kans.)

Notre Dame would like to add two more wide receivers to this recruiting class, and one of the players they still have their eye on is Chris Harper (6-foot-3, 222 pounds) . The Irish hosted Harper for the Michigan State game, and even though the Irish lost, Harper gave his official visit high marks.

"It went really good," Harper responded when asked about his official visit to Notre Dame. "I really had a good time. I like the players a lot. I like coach Weis a lot. I thought he was cool. The fans were great. They really support the team. Even though they lost, it didn't seem like anyone left [the game], they even stayed to sing the fight song afterward.

Despite Notre Dame's struggles on the field, Harper is confident that the Irish will eventually turn things around.

"They have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing. I think I'd have a real good chance to go into that situation and be successful. They're having some trouble, but I'm not really worried about it. They have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country this year and when the younger players get some experience they'll do a lot better. "

Illinois, Missouri and Illinois have offered Harper a scholarship to play quarterback. Chris had been hoping to land a couple more big offers before he started to narrow his list of options, but at this point he's ready to move on.

"I was going to send my tape out, but I'm done with that," Harper explained. "If a school wants to see me, they can just come out to one of my games. I have all the offers I need right now. Everything is hard enough as it is, more offers will just make things harder.

"I don't have a top five yet. I need to sit down with my parents and talk about that. I still don't know where I'll take all of my visits. I know I want to take one to Cal, I just haven't been able to figure out my schedule yet. Kansas State wants me to take a visit even though it's only a couple hours away."

Harper is averaging about 80 yards passing per game and 140 yards rushing per game. He has 12 touchdowns on the season.


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