Harper 'wowed' by UCF visit

Linebacker Harding Harper (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) made an official visit to Orlando to check out Central Florida over the weekend. He was stunned by everything at UCF.

"Man that place is so nice, I mean beautiful," Harper said. "Everything looked amazing. The dorms are great and all the buildings are like brand new. Nothing there looks old. They have a great academic building. That place really ‘wowed’ me."

This was Harper's third official visit. He has already been to Florida International and Arkansas. He liked UCF every bit as much as his previous trips.

"I felt real good about the UCF program. Coach (George) O'Leary is a great guy and a great coach who has been around the block. He has them headed in a great direction. So I can say that UCF stacked up nicely with the other teams. I am open with my teams, although I would still give a slight edge to Arkansas."

Harper, 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds, will make his final official visit next weekend when he travels to Vanderbilt. He's the nation's No. 97 ranked outside linebacker and the No. 42 rated recruit from the state of Alabama.