November 8, 2007

Harper making a two-sport impact

Pflugerville (Texas) Connally wide receiver Chase Harper has been showcasing many of his skills on the football field this season and as soon as the season ends it will be off to the basketball court. Somewhere in between, the talented senior will need to find time to make a college decision as his stock as a prospect stays on the rise.

At 6-4, 225-pounds, Harper played last season as a tight end but some offseason work have him spending his days as a senior on the outside, and the move has been a success.

"I've actually been playing wide receiver," Harper said. "I had 12 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns last week. On the year I have like 56 catches for like 730 yards and 9 touchdowns. Last year I played tight end but I had lost a lot of weight and got a lot faster."

While holding an offer from Baylor, Harper is hearing from Arkansas, Iowa State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but his two favorites are Texas and Missouri.

While Harper has an eye on his college career, he hasn't had the chance to get out much to see schools.

"I went to one game last year at Texas A&M," he said. "I'm always busy with football and then after that I've got basketball season."

Harper doesn't just play basketball, he stars on the court.

"Basketball is actually my favorite sport," he said. "I averaged about 23 points last season. I'd like to do both in college. Michigan State said they wouldn't mind it. Marquette, Texas A&M and Baylor are some of the schools that are looking at me for basketball."

Harper's basketball talents are easy to see on the football field and he also recognizes how one helps the other.

"I feel like when I get a jump ball in football I feel like I'm going up for a rebound or catching an alley-oop," he said. "In basketball I feel like I can finish with contact at the rim."

Harper would like to find a time in his active schedule to plan some official visits this winter and right now three schools have his eye.

"I'm gonna visit Michigan State and probably Iowa State, maybe Oklahoma too," he said.

Despite his success at wide receiver this season, his size and strength make him a candidate for tight end as well. For his part, Harper prefers making plays at receiver.

"I like receiver better because I feel like if I catch the ball outside, nobody's gonna tackle me," he said. "I can do it all."


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