Football: Bears nab fourth wideout recruit when Chris Harper switches commit from SMU

Cal needs wide receivers for next season, and got an oral commitment from a fourth one on Wednesday, according various recruiting websites.

Chris Harper, a 6-foot, 165-pounder from Crespi HS in Encino, picked the Bears after de-committing from SMU, to whom he’d given a commitment just 12 days ago.

“Cal is kind of like a dream school for me,” Harper told ESPN.com. “I visited in the summer with Bryce [Treggs] and fell in love with the place. They recruited me all year, but I had no idea if they were going to offer me or not.”

Harper was part of the 21-prospect contingent that visited the campus last weekend, and he did receive an offer from the Bears. He told ESPN.com that he returned home, discussed it with his dad, then made the decision to switch.

Harper — who attended the same high school as as ex-Cal running back legend Russell White — will join fellow recruits Treggs, Kenneth Walker and Darius Powe in the wideout corps next fall.

Harper also was pursued by Colorado, Georgia Tech and UTEP, among others.

He is rated the No. 76 wideout prospect in the country, according to Rivals. Scout.com places him at No. 81 nationally at his position.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Huh!

    6 foot, 165 lbs.
    Reminds me of Robert Jordan 5’11”, 170, signed in Aug with the Florida Tarpons of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.

    Of course, Bryce Treggs (all 5 stars of him) is 5’11” and 170.
    Meanwhile, Darius Powe is 6’2″, 190 – the biggest of the bunch.
    And to round it out, Ken Walker is 5’11” and 175.

    By comparison, Desean Jackson was another slight guy at 5’10, 175.
    And Keenan Allen is 6’3″, 195.

    Welcome aboard, Mr. Harper!
    Rose Bowl bound!!!!!

  • covinared

    Don”t forget Jordon Payton!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Woods, Lee, Farmer, Telfair

    Harper, Powe, Treggs = no name receivers USC didn’t want. Enjoy the leftovers.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    US News rankings for all public and private universities

    University of California–Berkeley
    Berkeley, CATotal undergraduates: 25,540Total full-time undergraduates: 24,929
    Georgetown University
    Washington, DCTotal undergraduates: 7,553Total full-time undergraduates: 6,970
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PATotal undergraduates: 6,108Total full-time undergraduates: 5,910
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CATotal undergraduates: 17,380Total full-time undergraduates: 16,563

    I thought that a bunch of posters on this board who like to use the we are the no public university mantra would like to wake up to this. I can only imagine how great USC would be if we got all of that public money too. As it is we are just a couple of slots underneath the venerated UCB

  • Calduke

    Everytime I see MoreNCcoming I get depressed.
    It reminds me I live in a country that would allow someone like this to reproduce

  • covinared

    a lot of others areas are needed on which to focus one’s sick obsession when one’s team isn’t playing in a bowl game. woods and lee won’t most likely be around in a year or two, and could go down to injury at any time, and the bears are looking to be well stocked at receiver. Wasn’t Powe, like Payton, a usc decommit? We are now starting to see the effects of the scholarship sanctions, and its only going to get worse for usc.

  • Sean

    Rivals.com football recruiting rankings:

    Tot 5* 4* 3* Avg Points
    #23 USC 9 1 6 2 3.89 1,011
    #24 Stanford
    #25 Arkansas
    #26 California 12 0 6 6 3.50 952

    Cal stands to get about 8 more recruits, including at least one 5*. Due to rampant cheating and recruiting violations, USuC can’t have any more recruits. When all is said and done, the recruiting standings will look very similar to the US News rankings.

    Maybe if USuc does well in their bowl game, their recruiting efforts will be bolstered…ooops, forgot, no bowl.

  • bigdruid

    Is Amy actually *bragging* that her school is worse than ours? I’m kind of scratching my head about that one.

    BTW, “Woods, Lee, Farmer, Telfair” combined didn’t have as many catches or yards as Keenan Allen did in the USC-Cal game this year. In fact, KA nearly outgained the entire USC receiving corps all by himself, and that’s without a heisman-candidate QB. One can only wonder what they’ll do next year with whatever stiff the Toejams manage to stand up behind center once Barkley leaves.

  • ScottyBear

    Moron: Either answer my questions or go away. Have you ever played in a high school football game or even a Pop Warner game with pads on? Have you ever been enrolled at USC or even attended one day of class?

  • BlueNGold

    ScottyBear, I think it is pretty obvious what the answers to your questions are. By the way, does the Guinness Book of Records have a category for ‘world’s longest continuing troll’? I suspect that is moron’s singular and most notable life achievement.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    bigdruid Says:
    December 16th, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Is Amy actually *bragging* that her school is worse than ours? I’m kind of scratching my head about that one.

    According to this report, there isn’t much that separates Cal Berkely from USC. To recruit athletes on the premise that your academics are so superior allows us to do virtually the same. In that same report we were ranked higher than pucla.

  • Beastmode

    Amy doesn’t realize that the USNWR score is an aggregate of many factors, most of them skewed towards private schools (graduation rate, class size, endowment, etc). As academics accounts for very little of the USNWR ranking, she can’t support her conclusion.

    Obviously someone who didn’t get accepted to Cal.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    HAHAHA Beastmode…nice spin. No facts but lots of fiction.

  • Suttree

    You do realize you can look at 5 different rankings and get 5 different results when it comes to judging universities. The only constant is USC will never be rated above Cal.

  • ScottyBear

    Looking forward to New Year’s Day when I can read Moron’s posts from late the night before!

  • Will

    bigdruid Says:
    December 16th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Is Amy actually *bragging* that her school is worse than ours? I’m kind of scratching my head about that one.

    WRONG. It’s not her school. She couldn’t even get into it, which is quite sad, really. You pretty much just have to write an annual $50,000 check to get into that dump.

    And as for BeastMode’s logic – it’s no coincidence that the “#1 Public University” is ranked #21 – the factors considered by USN are clearly heavily influenced by endowment. At the end of the day, I’m perfectly happy pulling down 6 figures thanks to my Berkeley education which cost about a third of what any other school would have cost me. It sure beats being locked inside daddy’s basement until he’s ready to come down to feed me.

  • rollonubears

    just browsing these comments has been a huge waste of time today. come on folks. please stop feeding the troll.

  • covinared

    I agree with the moren that not much separates Cal from USC in terms of undergraduate academics. Looking at the admissions numbers, their sat and gpa scores for entering freshmen are not so much lower than ours that one can rightly claim that anyone with $50k/year and a high school degree can get in. I also went to school with a number of slackers that did very little honest work to get their Cal degrees, and currently work with some very bright usc grads. College is what you make of it. SC has been a school on the rise for some time.

  • aahq

    Just a few comments on the US News rankings (I am a college professor):

    1. Cal is the highest ranked public university on the US News list, which is the usual claim made by its graduates.
    2. As Beastmode correctly points out, the criteria used are weighted heavily toward small (and excellent) private schools. Note that Cal’s enrollment is more than 50% higher than any other school ranked above it, and often five fold more.
    3. Other rankings that focus solely on academic excellence routinely rank most of Cal’s departments in their respective top-10 lists, often in the top-5.
    4. There is no question that USC has raised its academic standing considerably in the past 25 years. It now has some departments that are nationally ranked. This is a relatively new development that ought to be encouraged. Academically, UCLA is still the best university in the city of Los Angeles, but USC is no longer the relative embarrassment academically that it once was.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Let’s get something straight. Judging by the majors of your football players (Social Welfare, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies), very few are there for the degree. And as for USC you will get no argument from me. They are there to play football.

    What does it matter that you recruit a player on the basis of your high (but not highest) reputation in education? You have had exactly the same number of players going pre med as we have had. You have had exactly the same number of players going EE has we have. Stop acting like you better than Oregon or Oregon State or USC or pucla and for some reason your academic reputation puts you into some elitist category.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Amy, lets get something straight: you are a TROLL! Your pathetic life must be a real joy for you if your highlight is scanning all of the bay area sports blogs and ranting about the Cal Bears. I suspect you are a lonely person with no friends. You watch tv all day & cruise the message boards to slam Cal. You probably eat drive thru fast food for all three meals, your place looks like an episode of Hoarders, and you look like a contestant on the Biggest Loser. Everybody here HATES you. STOP wasting your time & ours. Why dont you go troll UCLA boards & slam Mora Jr? And BTW, with all of the scholly reductions for Lane & Co it will be a long time before you even get to a BCS NCG let alone win one. I suggest you change your handle to “NoMoreNCsAreComing”…. See everyone in SD! Bear Crawl in the Gaslamp!

  • Calduke


    Please save us from all this pain and post a new thread.

  • covinared

    I don’t know where moren gets off putting down the difficulty of certain majors. Those classes are also filled with the cream of the crop of califonia high school students and give one a broad perspective of the world. A major constitutes only a portion of one’s total coursework anyway. What Cal has over usc is a much more diverse academic and intellectual atmosphere. Moren seems to equate college more with job training.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Nor-Cal Scott

    Isn’t it time for you to go back under that rock. If you get lost and can’t find your way just follow the film on the ground. Every slug is known to have it.

  • Will

    LOL, the irony of this entire discussion – Moren talking about education is like Tiger Woods talking about fidelity.

  • Tdogg

    Yeah the reason MoreSanctionsAreComing is talking about education is because U$C’s recruiting class is ranked #23 and will soon be passed by Cal. Nice try Moren!

  • MikeD

    remember now why I don’t visit here any more, good luck all

  • GOGO Bears

    It’s so ironic that someone who has hated Cal and stalked Cal because they were not good enough to get into Cal or Cal’s law school is now complaining about Cal academics.

    Especailly when you consider that person had a mental breakdown in class five years ago and had to take a “medical leave” from UC Davis law school. Or course, everyone knows a long-term medical leave is just a euphamisn for mental breakdown.

    I notice more Friday and Saturday night posts. How alone is this troll? EVERY weekend night he’s posting. HOW ALONE IS HE? Totally.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    It’s so ironic that someone canmake up so many stories and pass them off as true. Oh but I forgot. This is the same person who called a black female student the ‘N’ word and the ‘B’ word and claimed to be sorry but then turned around and said he wasn’t.

    10 to 1 Sherm. 10 to 1.

  • ScottyBear

    Way off topic Moron!

  • BlueNGold

    Hey moron, when you are admitted to, and are able to complete an undergraduate degree in, either Social Welfare, Sociology, Ethnic Studies or American Studies at Cal, then you can spout off about how easy the major is and how those who enroll in it are simply there for easy courses with grades to match. Until then, your opinions are uninformed, unintelligent and completely worthless. Much like you are generally.