Harding Harper talks Vanderbilt

Harding Harper, an All-State linebacker from Montgomery, Ala., was not on campus for an official visit to Vanderbilt. Despite not taking the trip, Harper insists he is still giving the Commodores heavy consideration for his signature. He talked more about it here...

"It didn't work out for me to go this weekend," said Harding Harper. "I still called and talked to the coaches, and they said everything was fine."

Harper has taken official visits to Florida International, Arkansas, and UCF. Vanderbilt's recruiting of Harper may have taken a hit when his recruiting coach, Wesley McGriff, took a job at Ole Miss. Still, Harper says he feels like he has a good understanding of what Vanderbilt football is all about.

"I think I have a good enough grasp on Vanderbilt to include them without having made an official visit," Harper said. "I've talked a lot with Coach Franklin and Coach Pry. They're definitely still in it with me. They have a lot of the things I'm looking for. I'm actually in the process of narrowing it down now."

Harper will make his decision public at a National Signing Day event at his high school, G.W. Carver. Four schools are standing out to him with three days remaining.

"I'll have my decision made by signing day," said Harper. ""I'm not going to go past that. I've always said I want the opportunity to play early, be in a great area, and go to a prestigious school. That's still the same thing I'm looking at in making my final decision.

"Right now I got UCF and Vanderbilt with Arkansas still in the mix, and FIU on the bubble."

Harper, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, amassed 112 tackles with 10 sacks for the Carver Wolverines as a senior. He said he will rely on his family's input in his college decision, but ultimately make the decision on his own.

Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Illinois, and Memphis were among his other Division 1 offers.

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