Harper has heart

Griffin High School has a couple of headliners in recruiting like Corey Moore and Xzavier Dickson, but the 2011 recruit list does not stop there. Stafon Harper is a linebacker to keep an eye on and he is ready make a name for himself.

"Last year I broke my ankle in practice after our first game and I came back with about three regular season games left," said Stafon Harper. "I missed most of the season and I was not myself right away when I came back, but I am back to 100 percent now."

He is hoping to show coaches what they are looking for in a linebacker later spring.

"I feel better than ever and I am ready to show everyone that I am a competitor and that I can on the next level. I have been working hard at all these combines and camps trying to make a name for myself, so I think I will show coaches what I can do this spring."

Harper is a 5-foot-11, 213 pound linebacker and he is not a blazer on the field. His height and speed have been knocks on him at some combines, but he doesn't feel that should hold schools back.

"I am an intense competitor, I love to compete, I play with my emotions, and I think those things will stand out when people watch me play," he said. "I know I am not that tall and I am not going to run the fastest 40 yard dash, but I am a baller."

"I am capable of playing at the highest level and I want to show people that. I know I can do it, I am go to work hard to get there, and I think I could surprise some people."

Right now, Harper is hearing from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, and Middle Tennessee the most. He is very interested in Appalachian State, but he is open to anyone at this time.

"I just want a shot. If someone gives me one, they will be happy. I just play football and play very hard."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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