Harper Hopes For Familiar Path

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Chris Harper is hoping his recruitment goes like a former teammate's did a year ago, which was triggered by a big senior season...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Chris Harper doesn't have to look far to see a similar recruiting situation to his own.

Lightly recruited early on, with new offers just now starting to make their way to him, Harper's former Celts teammate, Devin Lucien, went through the same kind of process last year. Lucien exploded as a senior and had offers from around the country before signing with UCLA.

Harper said he wouldn't mind the same kind of explosion in his own recruitment.

"I think I am in the same boat as Devin, as far as offers go," said Harper. "He started picking up more offers after the season started. All I could do was go to camps and get good things said about me and some more offers started to come."

Playing on Team 1925, who won the New Level 7on7 National Title helped, but it was his contributions at the Elite 11, where he caught with a number of quarterbacks, that really helped.

"It was a big opportunity for me, to be there and perform with other quarterbacks and then get seen on television," said Harper. "I just went there to help them out and got noticed off of that."

Colorado offered, thanks to some positive words from their committed quarterback Shane Dillon, who threw with Harper. UTEP offered after watching the Elite 11 special on television.

But Harper thinks even more will come as he gets back in pads and plays on Friday nights.

"I think they will really start to come when the season starts," said Harper. "All I can do is go out each game and do my best, and if I get more offers, then great. I try and ball to help my team win."

Harper has seven offers, with Colorado, Georgia Tech and SMU the ones standing out to him. A few more schools have been in regular communication.

"I've talked with Cal, Penn State, Vanderbilt and UCLA," said Harper. "They all said they want to see how my season starts."

Harper was at UCLA to see Lucien and the Bruins' Fall Scrimmage on Saturday.

"It was cool there," said Harper. "There were a lot of familiar faces and I got to talk to a lot of the coaches."

For official visits, Harper said Colorado will for sure get one.

"I will definitely visit Colorado and I think I will visit Georgia Tech and SMU," said Harper. "When we were at the 7on7, we got a chance to briefly look at the SMU campus but we didn't get to talk to the coaches."

Crespi opens their season at Dominguez.

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