Oregon Football Recruiting

Harper Details Oregon Commitment

June 28, 2019
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Oregon has been tearing up the recruiting trail over the last couple of weeks, landing multiple players all across the board.

The latest 2020 pledge came Thursday from 6-4, 290-pound 3-star (0.8626) Marcus Harper, a lineman from Simeon High in Chicago (Ill.). The 247Sports Composite rates Harper as the nation's No. 45 offensive guard.

Harper, fresh off an official visit to Eugene, had narrowed his list to Iowa State, Purdue and Oregon. He discussed with ScoopDuck why he felt comfortable with the decision and what plans he has for the future.

“It was the family feel with coach (Mario) Cristobal and coach (Alex) Mirabal,” he said, “and that I have an excellent relationship with the coaches – and with them both knowing how to get the best out of their offensive lineman and developing them.

“Cristobal has developed numerous first-round offensive lineman and is going to send off at least, I would say, one offensive lineman this year into the first round.

“I also liked that I have a chance to play early if I come in and work hard. At Oregon, I get the best of both worlds: being able to get a good education and knowing I can get developed.

“Oregon is on the rise with the way they have been improving on the field.”

The staff has a plan in place for Harper when he arrives.

“They plan on using me at offensive guard,” he said, “which is something that I like since I feel most comfortable there and I love the position. But if they moved me to the center, I would not be opposed to it.”

Oregon commit Trey Benson was at Oregon with Harper for those three days. They discussed what it would be like playing here.

“I told Benson the next day that I was going to commit to Oregon,” Harper said, “and told him to keep it under wraps for the next two weeks. I told coach Cristobal the last day of the visit that I was going to be a Duck.

“I plan to recruit anyone at the offensive lineman group that the staff wants me to go after, because I want to be a leader now instead of being a leader when I get to college.”

Harper has a couple of lofty goals this season.

“I want to win a state championship,” he said, “because my team has come up short in the last couple of years. And I want to finish my senior year right.

“I am also thinking about playing basketball this season too for my team, but I have not decided if I’m going to or not.”

Harper cites a motivation that keeps him level-headed and moving in the right direction when things get tough.

“I want to prove people wrong,” he said, “because some people told me that I could not do it after only playing football for a couple of years. But anything can be possible.

“I have some people that look up to me, and I want to show that if you put your mind to it you can do anything. And I want to be a role model not only to my brother but to the kids in my community.”

 
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