Nobody ever knows how a recruit is going to turn out over his crimson career but this isn’t a case of Grinch and WSU coming back in on Harper in recent weeks or even months. This has been years in the making.
“Coach Grinch has stayed with me the last two years, we talked (just about) every other day. And every time we talked, we had great conversations about football, how they’re doing, how I’m doing,” said Harper.
A natural conclusion to draw: a two-year-plus recruiting effort speaks to how much Grinch likes Harper as a corner, and how much he believes Harper will be a great fit in Grinch’s scheme.
“Coach Grinch and the (WSU coaches) said I have good footwork and (feel) and I have good length,” said Harper. “I can play ‘press up’ and I can play man (coverage).
“Out of high school, the first time I visited I really liked it up there. And Coach Grinch, he’s been really loyal to me, he kept sticking with me. In my mind, it was just this is the school that would be great for me. He stuck with me for two years.”
Grinch did an in-home with Harper this morning, and that’s when Harper told him he was on board.
“Oh man, he was excited,” said Harper.
Harper said he has 3-to-play-2 and is on pace to receive his AA in the spring, with the plan being to join WSU in early summer.
Before that, Harper will hop on a plane next weekend for his official visit to WSU.
HARPER PLAYED in seven games this season (missed first few games due to injury) but he played well with 21 tackles (15 solo), 4 pass break ups, 2 INTs and 1 forced fumble. He chose WSU on Wednesday over offers from North Carolina, Cincinnati and others.
Harper came onto the WSU radar two recruiting cycles ago because Grinch had been recruiting him at Missouri. He was a late signing to Wazzu's 2015 class over offers from Nebraska, Louisville, Indiana, Appalachian State, Marshall, Old Dominion and others.
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Here are HUDL reels from Harper's two years at Holmes.