ND Is Still One Of Harper's Favorites

Chris Harper thought the recruiting process was all over when he slipped on that Kansas State hat on Dec. 17, picking the Wildcats over Notre Dame, Oregon, Illinois and Missouri, at a local press conference. However, a week later, the four-star athlete out of Wichita, Kan., reopened his recruitment after Kansas State's offensive coordinator James Franklin left the program.

"I'm considering all the schools I was being recruited by in my top five," Chris Harper said.

"I thought it was over with. I thought there would still be some schools that would come after me, but I thought one, maybe."

It will likely be five now, if not more now.

Harper said he has yet to talk to Notre Dame, but recruiting is going through a dead period right now, and per the rules, coaches can only contact a recruit once until after the holidays.

"I'll see how it goes," Harper said. "If they don't call me, they've moved on. I don't really know."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Harper does know that he wants to play quarterback on the next level. Notre Dame is the only school on his list of favorites that isn't giving him that option.

"That's kind of draw back with them," Harper said.

But the education and the way the Irish plan to use him in their offense has kept Harper intrigued.

"They would use me all over," Harper said. He combined to rush and throw for 1,550-plus yards and 19 touchdowns this past fall.

Harper has been told they'd line him up at quarterback on one play, running back on another, but most of the time at receiver. With his size and 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, he certainly has the skill set to be dangerous all over the field.

Harper has talked to a couple college coaches, and isn't sure when he will reach his final decision.

"I'm kind of waiting a little bit," he said.

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