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Interest rising for Harper

Toledo (Ohio) St. John's currently has three players in their 2013 class sporting Division I offers. Four-star quarterback Brogan Roback and defensive end Matt Miller are well known, but safety Tony Harper is starting to make his name as well.
The 6-4, 185-pound Harper picked up his first scholarship offer of the process from Toledo after his junior season and has stayed in close contact with the Rocket's staff.
"I talked to most of the staff at a junior day they had and I'll go down to a spring practice sometime since it is in-town," Harper said.
Additionally, Harper said he has been hearing from the majority of the Big Ten, as well as Notre Dame, West Virginia and most MAC programs. Illinois is one of the teams showing the strongest interest.
"I just went to Illinois' junior day," Harper said. "Coach [Steven] Clinkscale, the DB coach, told me to keep in touch daily.
"I liked it a lot at Illinois. I liked the coaching staff a lot and had a good vibe with them. I talked with Coach Clinkscale the whole time I was there. They are one of my favorites so far.
"Ball State I just talked to and I'll be going down there in two weeks for a visit to check that out. They seem pretty interested. He wrote me a letter to call him and we talked for awhile. He said he watched my film and he liked how I was versatile in that I could play safety and move down with the linebackers."
In nine games last fall, Harper totaled 64 tackles, two interceptions, four tackles for loss and five pass break ups. His size gives him the potential to play several different positions in college.
"Basically, most schools are saying a big safety or an outside linebacker," Harper said. "I don't have a preference. I like safety because I have been playing it, but I just want to play football and will play either."
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