March 18, 2009

Harper has a lot to prove

Wide receiver Davian Harper was poised to have a big junior season for Mesquite last fall before going down with an injury in the first game of the year. He was able to make it back for the last third of the season but the entire ordeal left him eager to prove himself.

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound receiver is physically impressive, with good strength and a 40-yard dash time of 4.55 seconds. The injury would seem to explain why he hasn't received any offers just yet.

"I don't know my stats for sure because I was out for most of the season with a level three ankle sprain," he explained. "I played the last three or four games but I was injured in the first game and couldn't play much. I'm good with that now. I'm all healed.

"Basketball season just ended for us. We just got knocked out of the playoffs last week so I'm still doing a little bit of that. I'm really back in football (mode) now. I was just a role player in basketball, coming off the bench. I'm ready for the football season."

Because of the injury summer camps will be of special importance to Harper. While he will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself to college coaches next fall barring another injury, scholarships will become harder to come by if he can't impress at the camps.

Who is showing interest in him these days?

"I'm mostly getting letters from Alabama, Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma State, TCU and a few others," he said."

Harper plans on attending as many camps as possible and has targeted LSU and Alabama as destinations for those events. Does he have any favorites?

"Nah, not really. I'm just glad a lot of people are talking to me. I'm open to everybody. I'm thinking schools just want to see me in action. Maybe they'll make their decision (on offering) when they see me."

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