Derrick Harper, WR, 6-2, 181, 4.37, Montclair HS
South Carolina, West Virginia, Temple, Indiana have now offers to Derrick's collection. Previously Derrick had offers from Maryland, Boston College, Georgia, Iowa, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse ,Virginia , UF, UNC and Notre Dame.
"I have no current leaders. I am still wide open right now. I am researching everything. I am looking for an environment that is not isolated, not just football, not a hundred miles from the nearest city and a place where I can play early. I am also looking for a place with a good graduation rate. I am checking out the academic support, the graduation rates, the rosters, the locations. All my coaches are helping me."
Days at camp
"The UVA camp was nice. I didn't stay for the whole camp. I just stayed for two days. I went to the seven on seven camp at Rutgers. We beat four teams but lost to J.P. Stevens. I had a good time there. Everyone was really good to me. It was real nice. Rutgers is still a possibility. It is really hard to pick a top school since every time I do, more offers come."
Will he make and early decision or a late one?
"If I am 100% sure I'll make a decision as soon as I am sure, if not, probably during the football season."
"I'll be mostly in the weight room. I doubt if I'll go to any more camps. It is real important to get ready for my last year. Right now that is the most important thing for me. We went the championship every year I have been here and lost. I want it to be different this year. I think this team is close, we have a good chemistry. We have enough of what it takes to win."
Expected to be one of the top receivers in New Jersey this year. Derrick had 35 catches for more than 800 yards with eight touchdowns as a junior. He also ran back two punts for touchdowns and averaged more than 25 yards-per-return. On defense, he made 50 tackles, three interceptions, had three forced fumbles and had one fumble recovery.
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