Chris Harper was impressive at numerous 7-on-7 tournaments this off-season and really looked good running routes for top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 and now the Encino (Calif.) Crespi wide receiver is seeing his work pay off.
The 6-foot, 165-pound three-star prospect has picked up his first Pac-12 offer from Colorado and Harper said he cannot wait to visit the Boulder campus.
Harper, rated No. 86 at wide receiver in the 2012 class and No. 73 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, said he's hoping to take an official visit to Colorado with his friend, four-star cornerback Ishmael Adams, early on this season. Nothing has been scheduled yet but that could happen soon.
"I'm really excited," Harper said.
"They told me I could possibly play as a freshman if I go there. I just recently talked to them for the first time (Sunday) while I was at Cal and they said they were interested. I called the head coach and they offered."
Now that Colorado has entered the fray Harper said the Buffaloes move way up his list.
"They definitely jump up," Harper said. "They're Pac-12 and that's what I was looking for and to play early is a huge thing for my decision.
"They want to get me out there on an official visit so I think Ishmael and I are going to go out. I want to see when our football schedules don't conflict."
So far, Colorado, Georgia Tech, SMU, Cal Poly, Montana and UC Davis have offered Harper, who starred with Keyshawn Johnson's 1925 All-Stars 7-on-7 team this spring and summer.
Now that a Pac-12 school has offered Harper is hoping for more. He visited Cal this past weekend and said if the Golden Bears offered he'd strongly consider committing but now things might have changed with the new Colorado offer.
"I hope I get more offers because that's what people are telling me that once you get a Pac-12 offer then more schools will come after you," Harper said.