Cypress Creek running back D.J. Harper may have to spin his own record to get heard.
The north side Houston school does not get much attention even though they are in a competitive district and made the playoffs last season. Their athletes are often overlooked by Division I schools while their district-mates seem to be churning out a few every year.
Harper (5-10, 180 pounds) will need his self-made highlight tape and senior statistics to strike gold over the next several months in hopes of luring a Division I scholarship.
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"I guess that we haven't been that good," Harper says. "That maybe due to the lack of attention. We did make the playoffs last year and won our first round game before losing to Katy. We should be good this season."
Harper rushed for 1,052 yards on 156 carries and 11 touchdowns en route to a first-team, all-district selection. He was his team's leading receiver with over 300 yards as well. Harper also has three interceptions over his sophomore and junior seasons and is the nephew of San Diego Charger Steve Foley.
"I'd prefer to play running back but if schools like me at defensive back I'm fine with that too," he said. "I just want to play. I have can catch out of the backfield very well can make people miss when I have the ball in my hands.
"I am totally focused on football. I will be attending camps and combines to get my name out there," he said. "I'm working on my speed to get it down in the low 4.4s"
Harper is receiving the most mail from Alabama, Texas Tech, Illinois, TCU and Texas A&M and would like to stay in Texas so his parents could see him play.
Keep spinning D.J., someone will like your tune.