Cypress Creek athlete D.J. Harper is his having the senior year he wanted. After getting dinged in the off season with an ankle injury, Harper missed the much-heralded junior college days and combines that propel names into recruiting databases.
He stayed the course, got healthy and is leading the competitive Greater Houston area in many offensive categories. Harper (5-10, 175-pounds) has rushed for 931 yards on 131 carries and ranks fourth in scoring with 12 touchdowns. He is a one-man offensive show, catching, rushing and returning kicks for touchdowns.
Harper has new offers from Colorado State and Connecticut to complement the ones from UTEP, Houston and Tulane. He is also being courted by Boise State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida.
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"Florida is requesting game tape, which we are happy about," father Damon Harper said. "D.J. is getting hand written letters from Coach (Mike) Leach at Texas Tech and we've been up to Texas A&M a few times. Arkansas still calls and so does Tulsa. Colorado also wants us to come on a visit."
Harper would fit in at any of the listed schools for his versatility. His ability to catch out of the backfield and return kicks effectively make him extremely attractive for schools wanting to get the most out a scholarship player.
He plays defensive back as well in needed down-and-distance packages.
"Houston his still high on his list, but I know he'd also like the challenge of the Big 12 or SEC," Harper said.