Top Target: Justin Harper

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Justin Harper was a dual-sport star as a senior in high school last season. He signed a basketball scholarship with Winthrop, however did not make the necessary test score to gain eligibility.

Harper, who is 6-4, 200 pounds, also played football throughout high school. Once he did not achieve a qualifying test score, he decided to head to Hargrave to practice his football skills.

Everything appears to be turning out well for the athletic wide receiver prospect.

“Out of high school, I committed to Winthrop University for basketball,” said Harper. “Not to say that was a bad choice, but I committed without taking visits and I didn’t get my scores. I got a bunch of looks in football and people told me to go to prep school. I got in touch with Coach Prunty and I decided to come to Hargrave, work on my scores, and the future is looking bright football-wise.”

Several Division I schools have shown heavy interest thus far. Harper, who runs a 4.5 in the 40, has received offers from two major programs.

“Right now, Wake Forest is showing big-time interest, as are Virginia Tech and Tennessee,” said Harper. “Wake, I know, has offered me at least verbally. I talked to Coach Rogers from Virginia Tech and he said they had a scholarship waiting on me as well.”

Concentrating on attaining academic qualifications, Harper is intent on leaving Hargrave in December and enrolling in college in January of 2004.

He hopes to gain a qualifying test score by October. Before then, he would like to take some official visits.

“Right now, as far as favorites I don’t have any because I’m just trying to get the education right now, get the discipline, and then I’ll sit down with my family and decide,” said Harper. “I’m trying my hardest to get out of here in December. I’m working hard now. Hopefully I’ll my test scores in October. Hopefully I’ll be able to decide around October once I get my scores. I’m going to try to get my visits in and get my scores. I haven’t set them yet but I have four.

“Since I have four, maybe I can take two to V-Tech.” (said Harper with a laugh)

Harper will get a close-up glimpse of Virginia Tech this Friday, when Hargrave takes on the Tech JV squad. He is looking to show off his size and speed against the Virginia Tech JV cornerbacks.

“We have V-Tech this week,” said Harper. “I know the coaching staff will be there watching so I’m going to try to step my game up even more so they can

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