Harper makes the switch

Wideout Chris Harper (Encino, Calif./Crespi) committed to SMU two weeks ago during an official visit. He still tripped to Cal over the weekend, and when the Bears put an offer on the table during the visit, the receiver jumped on it.

“Cal is kind of like a dream school for me,” Harper said. “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.

“On Saturday, I talked to Coach [Jeff] Tedford, and he told me they were offering me a scholarship and he wanted me to be a Bear. I couldn’t believe it. I was seriously blown away. I wanted to commit right there on the spot, but I knew I had to talk to my dad first. When I told him I wanted to switch to Cal, he wasn’t too happy at first, but we discussed it again Tuesday night and decided Cal was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Harper said the toughest decision was calling June Jones to give him the news of his decommitment.

"I know I could have taken the easy road and just told Coach Klemm, who was the one recruiting me,” Harper said. “He left for UCLA, so that would have been an easy out, but I wanted to be a man about this and tell Coach Jones, since they were so loyal to me all year."