Talented Cornerback Commits To Cowboys

One of my favorite defensive players in Texas was watching practice in Stillwater on Thursday afternoon. Mike Gundy had his Cowboys out for their third practice of the 15 allowed in the spring and the last before spring break begins. Gundy spent part of the practice watching the Cowboy secondary with Arlington (Lamar) cornerback Madre Harper.

The conversation between Gundy and Harper must have gone well because a few hours later the standout Texan announced his commitment to the Cowboys.

"Yes, sir," said Harper, confirming his commitment to OSU while traveling back to Arlington with his parents.

"It was just the people and the coaches, and all the aspects surrounding the program," Harper said in discussing why he made the commitment. "I will get coached well there and be able to get a really good education. Then the facilities, it's Oklahoma State and they are as nice as anywhere."

Harper is a premier player in that he is a 6-3, 170-pound cornerback, excellent size for the position. However, unlike some big corners he has sticky speed in coverage and tremendous hip turn to come out of the back pedal and get into a dead run to stay with outside sprinters in vertical routes. He has displayed that ability time and time again.

Harper's offer list is ever growing as it includes not only OSU, but Boston College, Duke, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, SMU, Utah State, and Vanderbilt.

Today he stood for a long time side by side with Gundy watching the secondary. He then went off checking out practice on his own while Gundy spent time conversing with his parents.

Harper is also a big hitter and he is really good at anticipating when the ball will be delivered. His positioning in the process of coverage is another innate strength.

Last season he earned All-District 4-6A first-team honors at corner for the second season in a row as the Lamar Vikings finished with an 8-3 record. There is every expectation of seeing Harper in action both skills testing and drills on Sunday as his home high school Lamar hosts the Nike Football Camp in the Metroplex area.

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