Brown And ND Get Back In Touch With Harper

After verbally committing to Kansas State on Dec. 17, Chris Harper wasn't sure what schools would contact him again, when a week later, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete from Wichita Kan., reopened his recruitment.

It turns out, all four of Harper's other finalists have gotten back in touch.

Notre Dame is back in the mix, along with Oregon, Illinois and Missouri. Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown spoke with Chris Harper at length last week.

"We were just talking," Harper said. "He was just seeing how I feel and stuff. He was trying to see how I felt about the whole situation with the Kansas State coach (offensive coordinator James Franklin) leaving. I just told him I was shocked and didn't really know what to say."

The four-star Harper said that none of the coaches from the five schools he is still considering, including Kansas State, have bluntly asked what his interest level is in their program. However, he has publicly said that Oregon is his favorite with the others trailing.

This past fall, Harper combined to pass and rush for over 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns. He wants to play quarterback on the next level. Notre Dame is the only school recruiting him at another position. The Irish want to use Harper and his 4.45 speed as a jack-of-all trades on offense, but mainly line him up at receiver.

"Just kind of the history there," Harper said of why he is still considering Notre Dame despite of the fact he won't be playing quarterback if he inks there. "The exposure, and I do like the way they want to use me."

Which would be all over the field. He could line up at receiver on one play, running back on the next snap, and then throw a pass on a gadget play. Harper is also intrigued by maybe joining the nation's top-ranked recruiting class.

"I saw they had the most dudes committed at the Army game," Harper said.

This week, Harper is expecting in-home visits from Oregon and Illinois. He isn't sure when he'll talk to Brown again. Top Stories