February 6, 2013

Early Morning Update: CB, Harper makes it official

One of the most difficult positions to find quality talent for at any level of football is the cornerback spot.

The poet John Donne once wrote that, "no man is an island entire itself, but every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

Well as prophetic as they may be, it is clear that Mr. Donne never played cornerback, where anyone who has will tell you that you are surely on an island by yourself, more so than not.

Well, it appears that Army has pulled down at least three solid corners as part of their 2013 class. However, the irony is that each will be entering the academy in their own unique way.

You have high potential corner in Jalen Noble, who recently de-committed from Air Force after attending their prep school and will make his way to West Point this summer. Then you have shutdown CB, Josh Jenkins who spend the 2012 season at the USMAPS and who like Noble, will be pushing for real playing time and even a starting spot upon his arrival.

Then there's Kahlil Harper, out of Tulsa (Ok.) Union High School, whose first stop, like Jackson will be the USMAPS. The 6-foot-0, 175 pounder is a physical corner, who is not afraid to mix it up. He has above average cover skills and is very solid on run support.

At Union, Harper doubled as the team's kick returner, while on defense this past season, he had 44 tackles, one interception, along with one forced fumble.

His official visit to Army during the weekend of January 25th was all that Harper needed to see, as his took his first airplane flight ever became a memorable one to say the least.

"I committed to Army last Tuesday after his official visit to West Point," says the Oklahoma native. "I was going to actually going to commit that Monday, but the coaches came to my school that Tuesday and that's when I committed."

So what made the difference for cornerback prospect relative to his college decision? "I felt like I was going to be able to be part of history," shared Harper, who was hosted by wide receiver, Chevaughn Lawrence. "Their football facilities are No. 1 in the nation from what I have seen. I like the fact that I'm coming from Union and going into the same type program with the type of equipment and other things that we had. As far as their stadium, it's a great field, but I like the fact that it has an older look about it because it's West Point."
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